Pakistan: Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Continues; Report
Most of the Pakistanis are from the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect. They Ahmadi consider themselves Muslims, but a 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics. Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Continues in Pakistan with the help of Sri Lanka because Pakistan and Israel helped Sri Lankann government forces to kill more than 40,000 minority Tamil Civilians in May 2009.
The United Nations refugee agency says 88 Pakistanis have been deported since Aug 1. The agency, UNHCR, says it has been denied access to another 75 people who are awaiting deportation. A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered authorities to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers, following a complaint they were being forcibly sent home without having their claims properly assessed.
“The president of the Appeal Court granted interim relief for two weeks to suspend the deportation of all asylum seekers,” said Lakshan Dias, the lawyer of a 38-year-old Pakistani woman whose husband, brother and father are currently in detention.
The woman brought the original complaint. The Sri Lankan government says the Pakistanis are part of an influx of economic immigrants in the past year who have become a burden on the country´s resources and potentially compromised state and regional security. But Sri Lanka´s Appeal Court said it wanted to look into the cases further and temporarily suspended deportations. A new hearing is scheduled for Aug 29. Most of the Pakistanis are from the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect.
They Ahmadi consider themselves Muslims, but a 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics. It was not immediately clear if the Sri Lankan government would abide by the court ruling. Chulananda Perera, controller of the Immigration and Emigration Department, said he could not comment because he had not received the court.
The court order comes three days after the UNHCR accused Sri Lanka of breaching international law and called on it to halt the deportations and allow the agency to assess claims