Update: 11.03.2008

Currently no Tamil asylum seeker sent back to Sri Lanka

The Federal Administrative Court decided that failed Tamil asylum seekers may not be repatriated to Sri Lanka, after the resurgence of violence between the government and the Tamil Tigers. This decision comes after an appeal made by an asylum seeker who was to be sent back to Colombo. The man will now be given temporary asylum in Switzerland. 

The Swiss Refugee Council welcomed this decision in a press release from 22 January. The organisation called on Swiss authorities to stop all repatriations in view of the latest developments in Sri Lanka: the majority of asylum seekers coming to Switzerland from Sri Lanka are Tamils from the Northern and Eastern regions of the country, which are now war zones. 

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