UK detains Tamil man, will deport him


UK immigration officials have detained Janahan Sivanathan, a 22-year-old Tamil asylum seeker and political activist from Sri Lanka.

Janahan is being held at the Morton Hall detention centre in Lincolnshire while the government tries to deport him, reported.

Supporters say that Janahan was “horrendously tortured” as a school student during the war in Sri Lanka, after he was rounded up and held captive for ten days.

His lawyer filed a fresh claim and submitted new medical evidence on 1 June. However his case will not be heard in court until 15 July. The Home Office’s own guidance says that victims of torture should only be detained in exceptional circumstances.

Janahan’s supporters say that his medical case history shows he suffered serious torture and is at high risk of suicide. Doctors are warning that his mental health has already deteriorated while in detention and that he is effectively being ‘re-traumatised’.

He has severe symptoms of psychological distress and complex PTSD, according to healthcare professionals. During Janahan’s first detention at Morton Hall — over three months last year — he self-harmed.

Morton Hall can have a disastrous impact on people’s mental health. Nigel Newcomen, the Prisons & Probation Ombudsman, has just published a report on his investigation into the death of Rubel Ahmed, a 26-year-old Bangladeshi man found hanged at Morton Hall in September 2014, after he was told that he would be deported. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Can you count how many real victims have sought Refugee status. Very few percentage.. say 50%.Others were all by people smugglers.

  2. I am glad the British government is having a strict policy on bogus refugees as they upset the social cohesion and stability of their own countries that they have left behind. Pity that Cameron didn’t visit areas of the island were the ethnic minorities are living in harmony with the majority,insted he visited the communal mined Jaffna.

  3. Good news. Finally UK has realised the cheating game by Tamil Diaspora. Why going to UK? Go to Malaysia or Thailand, still you can survive. Qualified people will have to struggle enormously to get a proper visa to migrate but these people get priority by being “Actors” with the support from Diaspora. No problem in Sri Lanka now except Tamils raping Tamils.

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