UAE urged not to deport Tamil journalist

hrw      Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Ms Lohini, The former presenter for the rebel-run Tamil TV channel, who is in Dubai, facing expulsion “would be at grave risk  if sent back.

Ms Lohini worked as a presenter for LTTE’s National Television of Tamil Eelam (NTT) between 2006 and 2008, covering the civil war from areas controlled by the Tamil Tigers  and was one of the main female news anchors.

Ms Lohini is one of 19 Tamil refugees facing deportation from the United Arab Emirates. Some have been told they must leave by 11 April, Sri Lankan sources told HRW.

Sri Lanka’s army defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers in May 2009, ending 26 years of brutal civil war.

However, the final phase of that war has been a source of considerable controversy, with both sides accused of war crimes.

In a joint statement, Reporters Without Borders and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) warned that Ms Lohini “would be exposed to reprisals”.

“In the light of recent developments and the appalling climate for the Tamil media in Sri Lanka, we are extremely worried about the consequences of a forced return,” the statement read.

The agencies called on the UNHRC to prevent her expulsion which they said would “constitute a total violation of international law”

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