Urgent Action: Pakistani Christian Family at Risk of Deportation (Sri Lanka: UA 80.19)

A Pakistani Catholic family – ages ranging from 11 to 57 – have been arrested for overstaying their visas in Sri Lanka. The family fled Pakistan when their lives were threatened and arrived in Sri Lanka seeking asylum. Amnesty International learned on Friday, 31 May 2019, that they are currently detained in deplorable conditions and that there are plans to deport them immediately. Forcibly returning them to Pakistan will put them in harm’s way, as safety for minorities has deteriorated in recent years.



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Minister Tilak Marapana
Sir, Baron Jayatilaka Mawatha,
Colombo 00100
Sri Lanka
Emails: [email protected][email protected][email protected]
Charge d’Affaires Sarath Dissanayake
Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
3025 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 483 4025 I 4026 I 4027 I 4028
Fax: 202 232 7181
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister Tilak Marapana,

I am writing to urge you to stop the deportation of a Pakistani Christian family from Sri Lanka, who have been arrested and are being kept at the refugee center in Mirihana for overstaying their visas. Naseem John, Nida John, Nobil Zain, Sylvester John, Hina Milword and Keshwan Milword fled serious threats to their lives in Pakistan and were forced to seek sanctuary in Sri Lanka.

In addition to the trauma faced in their home country, the family had to endure the trauma of being displaced by violent mobs following the Easter Sunday attacks from their home in Dalupotha. They are currently being kept in terrible conditions, where the youngest member of the family has been separated from his mother because of the segregation in camps

The John family should not be deported to Pakistan where more harm awaits them. I ask you to ensure that they have a safe place to stay with access to food and medicine.

There must be a fair process before a deportation, to properly evaluate the threat that these families might be exposed to upon return. No one should be forcibly returned to a country where they are at risk of serious human rights violations.

Yours sincerely,


Human rights are under threat: