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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:17 pm on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Chair, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal 12:17 pm, 29th March 2007

I do not accept what the hon. Gentleman has to say. I know of no case and I do not believe that there has ever been a case of someone being sent back as a failed asylum seeker unless and until all the avenues of appeal have been exhausted, including appeals before independent immigration judges and possibly even the immigration appeal tribunal. It is well established case law in this country and internationally that it may well be safe to send an individual back to a part of a country although it may be dangerous in another part of that country. That is particularly true of Sudan, which is twice the size of France.

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Heather Bullen
Posted on 30 Mar 2007 9:59 pm (Report this annotation)

I think in his speech, Jack Straw shows a monstrous disregard for truth or human suffering. It may be establised case law, but that is established in many cases by flawed and biased reports from the UK government which seems to believe every country is safe for asylum seekers (or that their life or wellbeing is so unimportant that it does not matter sending them back to the worst situation).