Tamil asylum seeker to be deported after UN committee withdraws torture concerns

Tamil asylum seeker to be deported after UN committee withdraws torture concerns

Committee earlier requested a halt to Shantaruban’s removal from Australia

A Tamil asylum seeker appears set for deportation to Sri Lanka after the UN committee against torture withdrew a request to Australia to halt his removal while it investigated the risk of him being tortured upon return.

Shantaruban, currently held in immigration detention in Melbourne, has been in Australia since arriving by boat in 2012. A notice of intention to remove from Australia has been issued against him for Thursday 22 February.

Related: Australia issues deportation order for Tamil asylum seeker despite torture fears

I am dismayed … that the UN would accede to the Australian government’s request.

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