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To Damien Green, Minister of State for Immigration, and the UK Borders Agency,
We, the undersigned, support the call from Human Rights Watch for the UK Borders Agency to review their policy on deporting ethnic Tamils to Sri Lanka. There is growing evidence that they are being submitted to torture by security officials upon arrival.
This is in contrary to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to which the UK is party. The convention states in article 3 that no state “shall expel, return (‘refouler’) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.”
We believe that a review is urgently required to ensure that no more asylum seekers are sent back to be brutally tortured. The UK should not be supporting human rights violations.
Thank you for your attention.