Asylum seekers returning to Sri Lanka will not be prosecuted

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe  urged compatriots who are being held in Australian-run immigration detention centres to come home.

Wickremesinghe claimed the Sri Lankans had broken the law in trying to flee to Australia but insisted they would not face prosecution if they returned, The Guardian reported.

“Come back. All is forgiven,” Wickremesinghe said as he stood beside Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra on Wednesday.

Asked about those who might prefer to remain in the camps than return in fear for their safety, he insisted they were mistaken, pointing to a newly established missing persons office in his country.
“Some of them have left from places where conflict didn’t even take place,” Wickremesinghe said. “All of them are not even Tamils and even we want all the Tamils to come back. We should not make a mess of ourselves like they’ve gone and done in Europe and the Middle East.

“They left Sri Lanka illegally. They are welcome to return to Sri Lanka and we won’t prosecute them, so they can come back to Sri Lanka, and we will have them, but remember, they broke the law in coming to Australia, attempting to come to Australia.”

When asked by reporters whether it was safe for asylum seekers to return, Wickremesinghe said: “We just started a missing persons office. It is quite safe for them to come back.”

Australia and Sri Lanka shared a number of bonds through their history, Wickremesinghe said.

“Sri Lanka and Australia have shared a common past. There are many values we inherited from the British empire to which we added our own values, and Australia today is one of the leading members of the Asia-Pacific region.” (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. The people who left the country by persecutions are victims, of the authority of in the relevant country what ever the ruling political classes in power.
    The Govt. of Australia has to respect and accepts victims of asylum seeks according UNHRC norms.

    That is international law must by accountability and accepts by govt. of Australian.

    Australia has to respect UNO and UNHCR reifications international law, that is obligation of the bound duty by Australian authority address to settle victims should settle soil of Australia

    The so-called ‘human smuggling’ is concord story by Australian authority.
    The asylum seeks are not that belongs to category of “human smuggling”.

    They have every rights to enter Australian soil.
    The majority current that second citizens of Austrians were reached by ships and boats

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