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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

Will Australia Arrange Repatriation of the Body of 32 year Old Rajeev Rajendran to Sri Lanka?

By K.T.Rajasingham
Jaffna, 10 October, (

The mother of Rajeevan Rajendran -32 year old Tamil Asylum Seeker in Australia, who died in the offshore detention centre at Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, on the evening of 2nd October, has approached the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, appealing to help in repatriating the body of her deceased son to Sri Lanka.

Mrs. Valarmathy Rajendran, the mother, from Allarai South, Kachchai, in the Chavakachcheri region, has approached the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Regional Consular Office in Jaffna and made this appeal.

‘Asian Tribune’ learnt that the mother of the deceased has made her request in a letter and told that they have no money for the expenses of bringing the body from Ports Morsby, Papua New Guinea. She has appealed to the Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Ministry to help her by bringing the body of her son.

In the meantime, the Deputy Director of Consular Division of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Colombo told ‘Asian Tribune’ that they are considering the possibility of the request and would write a note today to Australian High Commission in Colombo in this regards and seek their assistance.

‘Asian Tribune,’ learnt that the body of Rajeevan has been brought from the Lorengau Hospital in the Manus Island and at present lying in Ports Morsby. Also ‘Asian Tribune’ learnt that up to the time of posting this news item, no postmortem has been performed on th deceased body.

When ‘Asian Tribune’ contacted Somasundaram Skandakumar, Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Canberra, he said the family member of the deceased person has contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo and once a clear indication is provided to him, he will contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia and seek their assistance to repatriate the deceased body to Sri Lanka.

It was unfortunate that the family members of Rajeean Rajendran are all waiting with agony and pain of mind, longing as to whether they would be able to perform at least the last funeral rites of the deceased honorably, according to their family tradition.

- Asian Tribune -

Rajeevan Rajendran
A hand-drawn banner, illuminated by flickering candles, spelled out the mood of the memorial.

A hand-drawn banner, illuminated by flickering candles, spelled out the mood of the memorial. In picture of Rajendran the men wrote: “R.I.P. We are all in the queue. How many more you want to kill?”
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