Campaigners have launched a protest over plans to send a Doncaster asylum seeker back to the country where his supporters claim his life is at risk
They are staging a solidarity protest today at the Home Office in Sheffield in support of 22 year old Janahan Sivanathan.
Supporters say Mr Sivanathan, a Sri Lankan Tamil who lives in Stainforth, was “horrendously tortured” as a school pupil during the war in Sri Lanka, after he was rounded up and held captive in 2009.
Janahan was detained last time he reported at the Home Office. Supporters say he could be again tomorrow despite his case being due to be heard in court on July 15.
The protest is to demand Mr Sivanathan is not detained and is allowed to stay in the country.
Protest organiser Alistair Tice said he was is at particular risk because of political activities with the Tamil Solidarity group. He participated in London protests against David Cameron’s visit to Sri Lanka ahead of a Commonwealth meeting in 2013, and President Sirisena’s visit to London in 2015.
He said: “Sri Lankan intelligence services hold a black-list of politically active Tamil expatriates. Although a new president was elected in January 2015, the list remains in use by immigration officers at Colombo Airport. That’s why we are demanding that Janahan be allowed to stay, his life really would be in danger if he was forced to return.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are unable to comment due to the ongoing nature of this case.”