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Rights groups slam Malaysia deportation of Sri Lanka refugees

Published on May 28, 2014 2:54 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The United Nations refugee agency and Human Rights Watch on Wednesday decried Malaysia's deportation of two Sri Lankan refugees and an asylum-seeker accused of being Tamil Tiger separatists.

Malaysian authorities sent the three men back to Sri Lanka on Monday after arresting them on May 15 on suspicion of involvement with the Tamil Tigers separatist group.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it regretted the deportation without being given access to the men, who were registered with the agency.

"UNHCR is ... deeply concerned that these deportations took place without the office being given an adequate opportunity to assess these security issues and the refugees' entitlement to ongoing refugee protection," UNHCR Malaysia spokesman Yante Ismail said.

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