Urgent Action to protect _’Tortured’ Tamil put on a plane back from Australia to Sri Lanka via Bangkok

As of now 00.34 (thai time 26 July 2012) Thai for refugees managed to get confirmation that he is on board TG307 Thai Airways to Colombo and will be arriving there at 12.48 am (local time). Any follow up will be much appreciated.

26 July 2012 (00.01 am)

Dear friends

We have received the communication from ThaiCommittee for Refugees Foundation (TCR) and RISE, Refugees, Survivors,Ex-detainees in Australia and according to this report http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/tortured-tamil-put-on-a-plane-back-to-sri-lanka/story-fn9hm1gu-1226435181890. We would like to request your urgentattention on the deportation of an asylum seeker, Mr. Dayan Anthony from Australia to Srilanka via Thailand. He isreportedly a victim of Torture and currently under investigation by UN SpecialRapporteur on Torture.

Mr. Dayan Anthony was on a plane TG466 arrivingat Suvannabhumi airport at 20.25(today 25 July 2012). Hisconnecting flight is unknown but expected to depart from Thailand around 21.00,with about one hour transit at the airport. As of now we could not identifiedwhere about he is (Thai time: 00.01). He is now declared missing. We do not know where heis now with Thai authority or has been deported from Thailand to Srilanka withgreat risk of being tortured or arrested.

We fail to provide his protection in Bangkok. Eventhough we and our colleagues in Thailand informed UNHCR Bangkok office, NationalHuman Rights Commission of Thailand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ofThailand about his case. We believe that he need urgent action to provide him the international protection under Refugeeconvention which Australia is the state party and also under Convention againstTorture that Thailand is the state party. This case demonstrates a need toreview the refugee protection in Australia and regional policy advocacy atlater stage.

Thank you for yoururgent attention and usual cooperation.

Best regards,

Pornpen Khongkachonkiet

Director, CrossCultural Foundation

Under the Campaignagainst Torture, Thailand

Contact person for moredetail:

1) VeerawitTianchainan, Founder and Executive Director

Thai Committee forRefugees Foundation (TCR)

Chair, Southeast AsiaWorking Group

Asia Pacific RefugeeRights Network (APRRN)

2) Madhuni K madhuni@riserefugee.org

RISEadvocacy Team Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees

level1, Ross House 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

T:(03)96398623|M:0430 007 586|F:(03)9650 3689|web:www.riserefugee.org/