UK to remove Sri Lanka from asylum "whitelist"

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 December 2006, 11:36 GMT]
Asylum & Appeals Policy Directorate attached to the British Home Office, Friday said it would remove Sri Lanka from the list of countries designated for non-suspensive appeals under Section 94 of the 2002 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act, in the light of the deterioration in the situation in Sri Lanka.

However, the Home Office said that the situation in Sri Lanka is not such that UK should cease returns or grant leave to remain in the UK to Sri Lankans on the basis of the general situation, signaling asylumn cases would continue to be considered on individual basis.

Andre Saunders of the Directorate, informing the move to the Asylum Processes Stakeholder Group (APSG), said that the escalation in violence in Sri Lanka has not affected all parts of the island to re-introduce a country-wide geographic designation and said the Home Office was examining whether it is appropriate to re-introduce in the near future a partial geographic designation for the purposes of non-suspensive appeals.

"Each asylum and human rights claim made by Sri Lankans will, as now, continue to be considered on its individual merits. This will include continuing to certify claims from Sri Lankans which are clearly unfounded on a case-by-case basis while ensuring that those individuals in genuine fear of persecution receive the protection they need," the letter said.

"Ministers have decided in the light of the deterioration in the situation in Sri Lanka, to remove it from the list of designated countries. An Order giving effect to this decision being laid in Parliament on 12 December and will come into force on 13 December."

Britain closed the door on thousands of asylum seekers by adding Sri Lanka to its "whitelist" in 2003 following the Ceasefire Agreement and the peace negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

 

Latest 15 Reports
15.09.20 06:37   Photo
UN Rights Chief joins her predecessors in watering down collective rights of genocide affected people
04.09.20 22:13   Photo
Diaspora youth group re-aligns Tamil narrative on enforced disappearances
03.09.20 15:41   Photo
Jude Lal Fernando’s Sputnik interview exposes unfolding British duplicity on KMS ‘investigations’
02.09.20 22:03   Photo
Gotabaya's ‘Task Force’ monk threatens Tamils to stay away from their paddy fields in Thiriyaay
01.09.20 23:36  
Colombo extends genocidal land grab targeting farmlands of Tamils along NE border: Ravikaran
31.08.20 16:36   Photo
Families of war-disappeared send strong message braving SL restrictions on International Day
08.08.20 01:05   Photo
Sumanthiran alleged of exerting Colombo’s influence to tamper with preferential vote counts
07.08.20 10:08  
2020 election resembles 1970 polls that formed genocidal Sri Lanka
06.08.20 17:22  
Tamil nation-oriented parties challenged in East
05.08.20 23:41  
High voter turnout registered in North-East
04.08.20 20:57   Photo
Occupying Sinhala military reminds Eezham Tamils of whose elections they partake
03.08.20 21:05  
TMVP-linked operatives collaborate with SL Navy, suppress Tamil fishers in Vaakarai
02.08.20 18:29   Photo
Manifestos of TNA, TNPF and TMTK expose lacuna, hint areas for corrections of Tamil polity
01.08.20 21:17  
Unified Eezham Tamil national front, beyond electoral politics, is next step: Jothilingam
31.07.20 22:39  
Colombo isolates Tamil political prisoners within heavily fortified cells
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=20545