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Pakistan: Deportation

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the Government of Pakistan's prediction of there being potentially 800,000 displaced persons resulting from anti-Taliban operations, what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of deporting Christian Asif and Iqbal families seeking to escape the Taliban. [HL3526]

The Minister for Borders and Immigration wrote to the noble Lord with regard to these families on 10 February 2009. All asylum and human rights applications, including those from Pakistani nationals, continue to be considered on their individual merits in accordance with our obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention and the ECHR against the background of the latest available country information. UK Border Agency will continue to carefully consider any further submissions from those, including Pakistani Christians in fear of the Taliban, whose asylum or human rights application has initially been unsuccessful.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the statement by the Minister for Borders and Immigration, Phil Woolas, that court decisions on deportation are not necessarily final and binding, they will re-examine the cases of Pakistani Christians currently seeking to escape the Taliban. [HL3527]

In accordance with international obligations, protection is granted to those people who demonstrate a need for it. The UK Border Agency will continue to carefully consider on an individual case-by-case basis against the same protection criteria all further submissions from those, including Pakistani Christians in fear of the Taliban, whose asylum or human rights application has initially been unsuccessful.