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There are we understand two charter flights bound to Sri Lanka on the 19 and 20 September 2012.

If detainees do not have solicitors then contact Janani Jananayagam from TAG [Tamils Against Genocide] who can be contacted on 07801 999130.  She will direct detainees to solicitors who may be able to provide representation.  You can also call Detention Action on 020 7226 3114.

Barristers are:

Shivani Jegarajah

Nishan Paramjorthy

Claire Physsas

Sarah Pinder

Julia Gasparro

Iain Palmer

Charlotte Bayati

Kezia Tobin

Colin Yeo

The coordinating clerk for the group at Renaissance Chambers is Mark Venables who can be contacted on 07590 452866 OUT OF HOURS and 020 7404 1111 during office hours.

Note to solicitors or referral agencies: Please mail all papers to mvenables@renaissancechambers.co.uk and mark ‘CHARTER FLIGHT SRI LANKA’.

There will be an immigration barrister in chambers on the days of the charter flights to provide advice to solicitors in respect of filing and drafting.

On another note: if anyone has succeeded in an appeal which concerned a person removed to Sri Lanka, who was tortured on return and then won their appeal, please e mail determinations to kt@renaissancechambers.co.uk.

Lastly, Freedom from Torture published a briefing yesterday which relates to and reports on  a group of cases identified by Freedom from Torture of Sri Lankan Tamils tortured in Sri Lanka after they have returned voluntarily from the UK following the end of the civil war in May 2009.  This is essential reading and can be used in support of claims.  Further, the following two ECHR cases where questions relating to charter flights to Sri Lanka are raised:   T.H.S. v UK  Application no. 25107/11 and N and Others v UK Application no. 16458/12.

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