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Asylum: Sudan

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on returning Darfuri refused asylum-seekers to Sudan; and if she will make a statement. (164411)

All applications for asylum, including those from Darfuris from Sudan are considered on their individual merits against the background of the latest case law and country information. Claimants who meet the definition of a refugee in the 1951 convention are granted asylum. Those, whose applications are refused, have a right of appeal to the independent Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. In this way we ensure that protection is afforded to those who need it.

We are investigating the allegations made in a recent Aegis Trust report on ill treatment of returnees. No enforced returns will take place until these investigations are completed.