If a recent Dateline investigation is anything to go by our hardline asylum seeker policy has helped facilitate the continued persecution of Tamil refugees. David Corlett has followed up with many of the Sri Lankan refugees that were turned back by the Australian government. Some of the claims to come out include:
Seven soldiers tied my hand and then they really raped me…they raped me very badly
Another includes reports of a returned refugee being taken away and tortured for 2 months, including having his nails ripped out.
While unsubstantiated the claims are consistent with a recent UN report where there is considerable evidence that those who are suspected of being former Tamil Tigers are abducted in white vans and then tortured, with the nature of these activities ranging from branding with hot rods to the sexual abuse of male and female prisoners. This is activity that is systematically planned and carried out at the highest levels of the Sri Lankan government. (X)