asked Her Majesty's Government:
What additional safeguards they have in place for those who have failed in their immigration applications and who are to be deported to countries where such differences as religious, cultural or sexual orientation are severely punished. [HL1288]
Applications are considered on an individual basis taking account of relevant country information and an applicant's personal circumstances, including where relevant their sexual orientation or their religious or cultural background. We will not remove someone where this is contrary to our obligations under the refugee convention or the European Convention on Human Rights, which includes a prohibition on torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. If an application for asylum is refused, the individual is entitled to appeal to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. This provides an additional safeguard and appropriate judicial oversight of the asylum process.