Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

High Court blocks deportation of Tamil asylum seekers

The High Court in London has blocked the deportation to Sri Lanka of several Tamil asylum seekers, days after a campaign group said Tamils faced torture and detention on the Island.

The group will now remain in the UK as investigations continue into their claims of harrassment if they are forced to return.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) says it will appeal the Court's decision.

London-based Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that Tamils, including British citizens, who returned to Sri Lanka had been arrested and routinely tortured and raped by the military and police for alleged links to the separatist Tamil Tiger rebel group despite the end of the Civil War in 2009.

It is believed to be the first time that a UK courts has blocked the deportation of a group of Tamils to Sri Lanka, although many individuals over the last 18 months have won last-minute court injunctions preventing their return.

The ruling applies to all failed Tamily asylum seekers, including those detained by the UKBA, until investigations are made into the veracity of the torture and harrassment claims.

The Sri Lankan government has vehemently denied the allegations against it.

- Viji Alles



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