Forced Returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka

The Human Rights Watch has asked the UK government to halt deportations of Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka. The UK Border Agency's Operational Guidance Note fails to make reference to the return of Tamils despite accepting torture is widespread. Those individuals forcibly removed on passenger flights are not met by British Embassy staff and their situation thereafter is not monitored.

The Human Rights Watch documented eight recent cases of arrest, severe torture, rape and interrogation upon return, supported by medical evidence. Following this report Freedom of Torture also called on the UK government to stop all forcible removals of Tamils to Sri Lanka.

A copy of the Human Rights Watch report can be found


Ministers have today made a written statement to Parliament announcing that the UKBA will be resuming enforced returns of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. Read More...

UK to deport child asylum seekers to Afghanistan

The UK Border Agency is to set up a £4m "reintegration centre" in Afghanistan so that it can start deporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers to Kabul from Britain. Read More...

No notice removals suspended

UK Border Agency policy was that 72 hours notice of removal must normally be given, this is suspended pending legal challenge starting on 15 June 2010.

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