Thirteen opponents of the Sri Lankan regime have been imprisoned in Israel for two weeks and have been deprived of rights, according to a report by KAN Bet. The 13 people fled to Israel on a tourist visa after they received death threats following the October revolution in their country, and intend to apply for asylum in Israel.
Following a question at Ben-Gurion Airport, in the absence of an interpreter and with one member of the group speaking on behalf of the whole, the 11 men and two women were taken to the Yahalom retention facility.
For a week, KAN Bet reported that they did not have access to the outside world, banned phone calls, refused access to their own property and could not change clothes. In addition, they were refused to get medication. One member of the group, who is suffering from kidney disease and diabetes, is being wound up at the Hospital at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. Later, the group was transferred to the Givon prison.
Before they were taken to Yahalom, one of the members of the group succeeded in sending a cell phone message to the community of Sri Lanka in Israel. The community pulled the Refugee and Immigrant Helpline, who then sent solicitors to meet them.
Following discussions, they had the opportunity to enter the Yahalom facility briefly to hear their story and to have the power of attorney to represent the group.
From that fan, the attorney of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, Tal Steiner, said the lawyers were going to court because the state threatened to be deported immediately.
The state, says Steiner, claims that Yahalom is a suburban territory, and state laws do not apply there, so, "the state has the authority to arrest in custody indefinitely and without judicial review. "
The Immigration Retention Review Tribunal told Givon that the retention was illegal and that the members of the group should be released immediately, but the state appealed to the decision to the District Court. The hearing will take place on Monday.
The Immigration Ministry's Population and Immigration Authority said in response that the Immigration Review Review Tribunal does not have the authority to hear cases of those who were refused their application to Israel, and for this reason an appeal was filed with the District Court .
"Thirteen passengers arrived at the border at Ben-Gurion Airport, and when they were questioned, admitted that they had arrived at work in Israel," said the authority. "No asylum topic was raised at any time, even when they were not accepted, but only after receiving a representative [lawyer] The topic raised for the first time – of course raises questions. "
Source: The Jerusalem Post