She worked for the TV until December 2008 and left the rebel controlled areas on the 8th of December 2008. After coming to the government controlled areas, she could not live in the open as she knew that she could be easily identified by the military due to her regular appearance on the television. Fearing for her life, she left Sri Lanka in April 2009.
Ms Rathimohini is one of the 19 threatened with deportation. Her vulnerable situation has already been highlighted by Tamil media as you may see in following links (the title says 'is it going to be another Isai Priya?) : http://ttnnews.com/?p=7391
. Apart from being an ethnic Tamil from the north, her well-known connection to the rebel television station increases her vulnerability to a great extent. If deported, it is feared that she would face the same fate as her colleague Ms. Isai Priya.
Request. Ms Rathimohini has relatives in the UK, who are willing and able to sponsor her. In order to seek asylum in the UK she needs to apply in person at the British High Commission. She is being held in detention by UAE authorities and is thus unable to do so. Therefore we are asking the APPG-T to request the Home Secretary to make the special arrangements that would allow for asylum applications outside of UK soil, in this instance. It is our understanding that the Home Secretary has the discretion to do so, and can instruct the UKBA accordingly.
The aunt of Ms Rathimohini has instructed a lawyer - XXXRedactedXXXXX - who is in the process of drawing up an application for Humanitarian Protection outside the immigration rules. It is our understanding that a number of the 19 also have links to British citizens, and we would ask that the British High Commission in the UAE also interview these remaining 19 with a view to offering asylum.
Thank you for your assistance in advance,
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