Sudan: Asylum

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered at on 8 March 2018.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received reports that Sudanese nationals returning from Belgium to Sudan were (a) detained, (b) interrogated and (c) tortured in Sudan.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is aware of reports alleging the detention and mistreatment of Sudanese nationals returning to Sudan from Belgium. In December 2017, shortly following these reports, the Belgian Commissioner-General for Refugees and Stateless Persons launched an inquiry regarding the risk in cases of return to Sudan. This inquiry has now completed its investigation, but has not been able conclusively to verify whether or not the allegations were accurate. It is vital that all individuals returning to Sudan are treated in accordance with international standards.

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