The good news is that the deportation has been temporarily suspended for these 14 people, BUT unfortunately other Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers (including some families) who were not able to pass on their details to us were deported today without being allowed to apply for asylum.

Thank you to those who responded to our call. Please keep up the pressure (Minister Brendan O Connor, Julia Gillard etc and UNHCR who have been silent). We repeat-this suspension is only temporary and from the escalating deportation trend of Sri Lankan asylum seekers by the Australian government, there is no doubt about the fact that other Sri Lankan asylum seekers are in danger of being refouled by stealth without being allowed to have their asylum claims processed.