Iraq

The Netherlands will stop deporting Iraqis - Dutch Minister for Immigration and Asylum Gerd Leers announced that the Netherlands will stop deportation of Iraqis to their home country.
The Netherlands will stop deporting Iraqis - Dutch Minister for Immigration and Asylum Gerd Leers announced that the Netherlands will stop deportation of Iraqis to their home country. This decision is based on a Foreign Ministry report on the situation in Iraq, as well as on the European Court of Human Right’s decision to apply Rule 39 to all cases concerning forced returns to Iraq. Rule 39 is a procedure for requesting interim measures from the Court, which stays a removal decision until there is an examination of the claim by the Court. The Dutch Minister followed the Court’s recommendation and suspended the returns.

Previously (11.06.10): Iraqi asylum seekers deported from the UK have said that they were beaten by UK Border Agency ['UKBA'] personnel to get them on and off the plane.

It is believed 42 Iraqi men were sent back to Baghdad in a forced return. The deportation was carried out by the UKBA in conditions of complete secrecy. The flight landed at around 0600 (0300GMT) at Baghdad airport on Thursday and journalists were not allowed any access. Of the 42 deportees believed to be on board, only six were released swiftly.

The UKBA said that a minimum amount of force would only ever be used as a last resort, when an individual became disruptive or refused to comply.

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