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An MP accuses the Government of "painting targets on the backs" of Tamil civilians being deported from the UK, and says at least two have attempted suicide rather than face the return to Sri Lanka.
Following the broadcast of the Channel 4 documentary Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, MP Siobhain McDonagh has told the Commons the British Government is complicit in the torture of Tamil civilians as it continues to deport many people seeking asylum in the UK.
Speaking in the Commons, the Labour MP accused the Government of "painting targets on the backs" of those they were deporting while the UK Border Agency (UKBA) had shared files on Tamil deportees with the Sri Lankan government.
Almost 40 failed asylum seekers are set to be deported back to Sri Lanka on Thursday evening, despite facing arrest and potential torture on their return, the Commons were told.
The MP for Mitcham and Morden said one of her constituents was among those due to leave the UK. Jenach Gopinath, a former Tamil politician, has previously been arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities.
Another asylum seeker facing deportation on Thursday attempted suicide by hanging himself with his duvet in an airport detention facility on Wednesday night, while a passenger on an earlier flight did take his own life.
Amnesty International warned against the deportation of civilians to Sri Lanka, and recognised "cases of returned asylum seekers being tortured".
'Blood on our hands'
Ms McDonagh told MPs there is "evidence of continuing abuses against Tamils, including torture and extra-judicial killings."
"The President of Sri Lanka (Mahinda Rajapaksa), a probable war crimes suspect, has taken on enormous powers over the judiciary and policing," she said.
"The British Government is supposed to be one of the leading forces in the Commonwealth. Yet it is not only turning a blind eye, it is sending planeload after planeload of Tamils back."
She added: "The people on these planes, like Mr Gopinath, have identified themselves as Tamil and against the Sri Lankan Government. Britain is flying them on specially chartered flights.
"It's not like they're arriving incognito. Even worse, the UK Border Agency has actually shared documents about the passengers with the Sri Lankan authorities.
"We might as well paint targets on their backs. To me, it is obvious that Tamils have reason to fear for their safety in Sri Lanka.
"Given the emergence of yet more evidence of atrocities, how could they be safe?
"I think Parliament needs to say whether we want our country to continue with these miserable deportations, and to continue to have Tamil blood on our hands."
Ms McDonagh's comments came after Channel 4 broadcast footage purporting to show the summary execution of prisoners in Sri Lanka in the final days of the bloody civil war.
Sri Lanka deportations: 'UK has Tamil blood on its hands'
The "horrific" footage aired in Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, shown to the UN Human rights Council in May, depicted extra-judicial killing by government soldier, the shelling of civilian hospitals, and the naked dead bodies of women who appear to have been sexually assaulted.
The film also investigated crimes committed by the Tamil Tiger fighters who used human shields and suicide bombers.
Ms McDonagh's request for an emergency debate was rejected by Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle.
'Sharing deportation information'
Channel 4 News learned on Wednesday that three of the 40 failed Sri Lankan asylum seekers have had their deportations deferred.
Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Miller said that a judge had ruled in favour of one of the cases - that of a Tamil woman - who was the subject of a judicial review. The other two deferrals are the result of a Home Office review, unprompted by any legal requirement to do so.
Parliament needs to say whether we want our country to continue with these miserable deportations, and to continue to have Tamil blood on our hands. MP Siobhain McDonagh
"The young woman, whose case will now be reconsidered, had complained that a potentially incriminating document had been passed to officials from the Sri Lankan High Commission in London by the Home Office," Jonathan Miller reported.
"The Home Office told me that the document concerned, an internal Sri Lankan police memo, had indeed been passed to the Sri Lankans as proof of the woman's nationality. A spokesman denied, however, that this amounted to a breach of confidentiality as no personal details were contained in the document.
"Channel 4 News has obtained a copy of the document however, and it does appear to contain personal information which her lawyers claim would have placed her in serious danger were she to have been deported.
"The other two deferrals and the pending judicial reviews all relate to similar allegations, that potentially incriminating documentation had been passed to the Sri Lankans."
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More than 260 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers had threatened to blow up their boat if the Indonesian navy forced them to disembark at the port in Merak after the large cargo boat they were piloting towards Christmas Island broke down.
"We have gas canisters and we have told the navy we will blow up the boat and jump into the ocean if they try to force us off the boat," said a spokesman for the asylum-seekers, who would only give his name as Alex.
Alex said the Sri Lankans had each paid $US15,000 ($16,533) to board the wooden craft in Malaysia 13 days ago, after travelling there by air from Jaffna. "If the authorities in Sri Lanka know this is me on this boat, they will hunt down my wife and children in Jaffna and kill them," the frightened man said. "I have been waiting for my wife and children to follow me here. As soon as possible, we need to get to Australia." The Sri Lankan asylum-seekers and six Indonesian crew members were under military guard aboard the cargo ship in western Java after being intercepted trying to sail to Christmas Island on Sunday.
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LTTE terrorists have prevented tens of thousands of civilians from leaving Sri Lanka's war zone and those trying to escape have been "shot and sometimes killed," the United Nations said Monday (16).
The LTTE is holding non-combatants in the small patch of jungle in the north of the island where they have been cornered by government forces, it added.
The LTTE continues to actively prevent people leaving, and reports indicate that a growing number of people trying to leave have been shot and sometimes killed"... adding that the LTTE is also recruiting child soldiers as young as 14 years old, the statement from the UN Office of the UN Resident /Humanitarian Coordinator in Colombo, said.
"Fifteen United Nations staff and 75 of their dependents, 40 of whom are children, and 35 who are women , remain in the same area [held by the LTTE] prevented from leaving by the LTTE. Fifteen of these children have contracted respiratory diseases, a serious indicator for a population which is now in dire need of humanitarian assistance," the UN Office said.
"We are especially concerned that one staff member was forcibly recruited into the LTTE yesterday (Feb 15) and calls on the LTTE to immediately release him, to desist from further recruitment of civilians, and permit passage for people who wish to leave, especially women and children," the statement adds.
The UN office said it was acutely aware that the suffering of the UN staff and dependents is just on part of a much larger picture.....their release would strengthen the capacity of the UN to assist the tens of thousands of people both inside the Vanni pocket, and the approximately 30,000 IDPs who have left for government held areas, the statement said.
The UN said it welcomed last week's declaration of a larger "safe zone" for civilians along a narrow strip of coastline in the island's northeast, but noted there had been fighting even within that area, and called on the Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE to refrain from fighting in areas of civilian concentration." The statement did not identify who was responsible for the fighting or attacks in the safe zone.
Tens of thousands of civilians in the rebel-held area were experiencing serious shortages of food, medicine, and clean water, the UN said. "Efforts to bring in more food and medicines have not yet been successful, and it is imperative that these needs be met," it added.
On Saturday, the Defence Ministry reported an LTTE attack on a vehicle carrying people fleeing the shrinking area still under terrorist that killed a woman and wounded 13 people who were trying to flee.
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