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Archives July 2018

4pm 9 Aug | Qantas Stop Deportation to Danger-Let Priya, Nades & Huyen stay

Hosted by ‘Bring Priya, Nades and Girls Home to Biloela’, Tamil Refugee Council and Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

When: 4-6pm 9th August

Where: 79-81 Victoria Pde, Collingwood VIC

Facebook event here

Rally at Jetstar corporate office calling on Qantas and all airlines not to deport asylum seekers to danger.

Qantas has flown countless asylum seekers to danger. In the US United, American, and Frontier have told Trump they won’t fly separated children of immigrants and asylum seekers other than to return them to their parents. In the UK Virgin won’t fly deportations of the Windrush generation. In Germany Lufthansa pilots have refused on hundreds of occasions to fly asylum seekers to danger. It’s time for Qantas to step up and stop aiding the Australian government commit human rights abuses.

This week another Tamil refugee, Thileepan, was forcibly deported and faces permanent separation from his wife and 10-month-old daughter. Priya, Nades and their children Kopica and Tharunicaa remain in detention in Melbourne. Only a final court appeal is
preventing their deportation.

Vietnamese asylum seeker Huyen also faces deportation and indefinite separation from her daughter Isabella and husband Paul.

Join us to demand that Qantas refuse to take part in these, or any other future deportations.

Sign the online petition to call on Qantas and other airlines not to let Dutton use their aircraft, pilots or crew to force them to danger:

Sign the peition don;t deport Priya, nades and children

Sign the online petition Don’t deport Huyen – Stop separating families

call Chris for more info 0403 013 183



Tuesday 24 July 2018


The Tamil Refugee Council has again called on the Australian government to end the deportation of Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, after the United Nations found evidence of widespread torture in the country.

The report of Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, released on Monday after his latest mission to Sri Lanka, concludes:

“[I]mpunity is still the rule for those responsible for the routine and systemic use of torture, and countless individuals are the victims of gross miscarriages of justice resulting from the operation of the PTA [Prevention of Terrorism Act]. The Tamil community remains stigmatised and disenfranchised, while the trust of other minority communities is being steadily eroded.”

The report further notes that Mr Emmerson heard “distressing testimonies of very brutal and cruel methods of torture, including beatings with sticks, the use of stress positions, asphyxiation using plastic bags drenched in kerosene, pulling out of fingernails, insertion of needles beneath the fingernails, use of various forms of water torture, suspension of individuals for several hours by their thumbs, and mutilation of genitals.”

The release of the Human Rights Council report comes just one week after a 30-year-old Tamil asylum seeker, Thileepan, was separated from his wife Karthika and infant daughter Najomi, before being deported to Sri Lanka by the Australian government.

The United Nations condemned the government’s action.

Before fleeing Sri Lanka in 2012, Thileepan had been tortured by the Sri Lankan security forces during an interrogation over his alleged knowledge of arms and money stored by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, an organisation militarily defeated in 2009 that fought for an independent Tamil homeland. He says that he was kicked, beaten with a coconut tree branch and had pins jammed into his fingernails.

“We tried, but we couldn’t stop Theelipan’s deportation,” Aran Mylvaganam, Tamil Refugee Council spokesperson, said.

“Australian Border Force officers had been told that the United Nations Human Rights Committee was considering Thileepan’s case. The Home Affairs Ministry deported him anyway, like it has sent back more than 1,000 others.

“The government has made it clear that he will not be the last. We will continue to pursue every legal avenue available to keep Tamil Asylum seekers here. But the laws are stacked against us.

“The latest report from Ben Emmerson confirms what we have been saying for years: Sri Lanka continues to be unsafe for returned Tamils.”

The Tamil Refugee Council is calling for an end to Tamil deportations and the granting of protection visas to all Tamil asylum seekers.

Media contact

Aran Mylvaganam 0410 197 814