Sri Lanka: Unsafe at home, unsafe abroad: State obligations towards refugees and asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka

Following the 21 April 2019 attacks in Sri Lanka, also known as the ‘Easter Sunday bombings’, targeting churches and hotels in Negombo, Colombo and Batticaloa, refugees and asylum seekers- primarily from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran- were displaced from Negombo. Amidst a hostile environment, approximately 1,063 refugees and asylum seekers left their homes, some forced to do so due to direct threats of violence. The Government of Sri Lanka must protect all individuals in its territory regardless of their legal status, and without discrimination.

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