UAE urged not to deport Tamil refugees
Beirut: Human Rights Watch has urged the UAE not to deport 19 Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka because they would be at serious risk of torture and persecution upon return.
The refugee agency UNHCR has recognized all 19 as refugees, but the United Arab Emirates authorities have told the group they must leave the country by April 11.
A 66-year-old woman and a four-year-old girl are among the 19. Three members of the group allege that Sri Lankan authorities had tortured them in 2011.
"For the UAE to return recognized Tamil refugees to a grave risk of torture in Sri Lanka would signal a total disregard for their well-being - and the most basic principle of international refugee and human rights law," said Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch.
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
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