Thirteen Sri Lanka regime opponents have been detained in Israel for two weeks and deprived of rights, according to a report by KAN Bet. The 13 flew to Israel on a tourist visa after being killed after the October Revolution in their country and planned to apply for asylum in Israel.
After questioning at Ben-Gurion airport, in the absence of a translator and a member of the group who spoke on their behalf, they took 11 men and two women to the Yahalom detention facility.
In a week CAN CAN Bet reported that they were denied access to the outside world, forbidden to call, refused access to their own possessions and could not change clothes. In addition, they were denied access to medication. One of the group members suffering from kidney disease and diabetes is discontinued at the hospital at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. Later, the group was transferred to the Givon prison.
Before joining Yahalom, one of the group members managed to send a message from their mobile phone to the Sri Lankan community in Israel. The community turned to the hotline for refugees and migrants, who then sent lawyers to meet them.
After negotiations, they briefly got into the Yahalom facility to hear their story and get a power of attorney to represent the group.
From there, lawyers Hotline advocated for refugees and migrants' advocate Tal Steiner that the court threatened to expel them immediately.
The state, Steiner said, argued that Yahalom is extraterritorial territory, and state laws do not apply there, because "the state has the power to hold them there for indefinite periods of time and without judicial review."
The Aliens Revenue Court in Givon claimed that the detention was illegal and that the group members should have been released immediately, but the state appealed against the decision to the district court. The hearing will be held on monday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Immigration and Immigration Service replied that the Aliens Court of Justice did not have the power to hear cases of those whose arrival to Israel was denied, and for this reason an appeal was lodged with the District Court.
"Thirteen passengers arrived at the border crossing at Ben-Gurion airport, and when they were questioned, they explicitly acknowledged that they had come to work in Israel," said the authority. "The subject of asylum did not arise at any time, even when denied entry, but only after they had received a representative [lawyer] The subject was raised for the first time – which of course raises questions. "
Source: Jerusalem Post