Tamils safe to return home, says Sri Lanka
Paul Maley; 15/1/10
Sri Lanka has pledged that the five Tamil refugees on Christmas Island who have been deemed threats to national security can return to their homeland without fear of death or persecution. The promise came as the Rudd government, which says the Tamils will never be granted visas in Australia, searched for a country willing to resettle them, and an expert on the Tamil Tigers said it was not surprising one of the five rated a security risk by ASIO was a woman. Romesh Jayasingha, the permanent secretary to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Minister, told The Australian that fears the five would be at risk if they returned home were misplaced. “Sri Lanka is a democracy – it is governed by the rule of law,” Mr Jayasingha said yesterday.