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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - 12:46
52 asylum seekers sent back from Britain to Sri Lanka
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52 asylum seekers who were in Britain seeking asylum returned to the island this morning around 10:30 aboard a specially chartered flight.

Our airport correspondent stated that 52 British security personnel also arrived with these asylum seekers.

On a previous occasion 60 such asylum seekers returned back from Britain.

However, Human Rights Watch has alleged that 100 Tamil asylum seekers will be deported to Sri Lanka on board a special flight chartered by the British government.

It claims that at least eight such flights have flown asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka in recent months and that several of those deported have gone on to face serious abuse upon their return.

However, the British Foreign Office has said that the government only sends people back to Sri Lanka when it and the courts are satisfied that an individual has no protection needs.

It also said there had been no substantiated allegations of mistreatment of those returned from the UK.

In effect Britain is disputing strongly-worded statements released by the US-based Human Rights Watch.

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