UNHCR is gravely concerned about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka.
The Government of Sri Lanka started its special operation on 9 June this year. It came to a halt on 15 August, but resumed on 3 September.
UNHCR has learnt that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and 3 Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and detained; 40 were subsequently deported. Since early June the authorities have arrested and detained a total of 328 refugees and asylum-seekers, and deported 183 of them to Pakistan and Afghanistan.