Detentions and deportation of asylum-seekers continue in Sri Lanka

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The residents of the Manik Farm camp of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A new round of arrests, detentions, and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka has once again been recorded, according to the UN's Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

UNHCR was informed that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and three Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and detained; 40 people had been subsequently deported.

UNHCR is concerned about their safety and security as they have been attacked in the past.

Babar Baloch is spokesperson for UNHCR.

UNHCR is again raising alarm and concern on a new round of arrest, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka. By sending these people back the government of Sri Lanka is in breach of its obligation under international law concerning the principal of no forced returns, or non-refoulement.”  (0'21")

Since early June the Sri Lankan authorities have deported 183 individuals back to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

UNHCR recalls that it stands ready to work closely with the Government to seek durable solutions for refugees and asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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