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Asylum: Uzbekistan

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the human rights situation in Uzbekistan; and what account she has taken of those representations in the Government's policy on asylum seekers from that country. (209717)

Representations were received from a number of Members in light of a recent individual Uzbeki asylum case asking the Home Office to refrain from removing all failed asylum seekers to Uzbekistan. We closely monitor conditions in Uzbekistan and recognise that there are some individuals who are able to demonstrate a need for international protection. We do not, however, consider that each and every Uzbeki who applies for asylum is in need of international protection. As with all other asylum claims, Uzbeki asylum claims are considered very carefully on their individual merits against the background of the latest country information.