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36 deported asylum seekers arrive in Sri Lanka

A group of 36 asylum seekers have arrived in Colombo after being deported from Britain on Thursday.

The group, which includes 22 Tamils, were amongst those who did not receive a last-minute reprieve after a British judge ruled there was evidence “ill treatment” could occur following the release of a Human Rights Watch report earlier this week.

The chartered flight was originally scheduled to remove an estimated 80 people to Sri Lanka,  before around 40 Tamils had their deportation halted in a widely welcomed move.

See our earlier posts:

Deportation halt widely welcomed
(31 May 2012)

British judge orders halt in deportation of Tamil asylum seeker
(31 May 2012)

Also see a special report on the deportation of Tamil asylum seekrs by The Independent here.

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