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Asylum Seekers: Iran

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:59 pm on 18th March 2008.

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Photo of Lord Corbett of Castle Vale Lord Corbett of Castle Vale Labour 2:59 pm, 18th March 2008

My Lords, can the Minister confirm that there have been 57 critical reports in the United Nations about the repressive nature of the mullahs' regime in Iran? The abuses of human rights include the amputation of limbs without anaesthetics, the gouging out of eyes, the hanging of convicted minors from the ends of cranes in public and the death penalty for those convicted of homosexuality. Will the Minister take the opportunity to speak to any one of 200 Members of your Lordships' House who share my views on this vile regime if he needs any other evidence that it is unsafe to return asylum seekers to that regime?