Democratic Republic of Congo

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Country of Origin Information report on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has not been revised since July 2009; and whether they will publish an updated report in view of the allegations in the report Unsafe Return, published by Justice First in November 2011, concerning the treatment of failed asylum seekers who are returned to the DRC.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley Conservative

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) produces country of origin information (COI) reports on the 20 countries generating the most asylum claims in the UK.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) report has not been updated since 2009 as it has not consistently featured in the top 20 asylum intake countries. However, where there is a specific operational need a report may be produced on countries outside the top 20. The UKBA's COI service is currently updating its report on DRC and this is scheduled for publication shortly. The report will include information on the treatment of failed asylum seekers returned to the DRC.

As regards to the report Unsafe Return, relevant and reliable information received from published sources such as human rights organisations and non-government organisations regarding the treatment of failed asylum seekers on return would be incorporated in UKBA COI material. We will include reference to the Unsafe Return report, among other sources, in the forthcoming COI report.

The revised DRC COI report will be made available on the UKBA website: http://www.ukba.homeoffice. gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/coi/.

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