Asylum News: Swiss Federal Tribunal Judgement identifies categories at risk including victims, witnesses of war crimes and persons from the Vanni
The recent Swiss Federal Tribunal judgement sets European standards and provides clear guidelines for identifying categories of persons at risk of intimidation, torture and elimination in Sri Lanka. This judgment is far clearer and broader than present UK law and policy and identifies government critics, survivors of mass atrocities, both victims and witnesses as at risk in Sri Lanka as well as the people of the Vanni region. The UK Border Agency does not currently accept that these categories are at risk.
The Swiss judgment will be helpful to lawyers challenging UK Border Agency decisions in that the UK, regardless of the future of the EU.