European governments forcibly return asylum seekers to Iraq

Today 60 Iraqis were forcibly removed from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. They had applied for asylum and were denied. Ten Iraqis who were in the UK, 28 in Sweden and the rest of the Iraqis were flown today to Baghdad, and more are scheduled to be returned to Iraq next Wednesday.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said that the Iraqis who are forcibly returned to Iraq are at grave risk, but Matthew Coats, head of immigration at the UK Border Agency, said “We are determined to remove those with no right to be in the UK,” according to BBC News.

About 2.7 million Iraqis are internally displaced, 1.5 are refugees in neighboring countries, and more are scattered in Europe and other parts of the world where they face being forcibly returned to Iraq.

The human rights situation in Iraq remains precarious, with suicide bombings, kidnappings, violence by militias and other armed forces taking place in most parts of Iraq every month.

Please join Amnesty International in calling on the British, Swedish, Norwegian and Netherlands governments to stop the forcible return of Iraqis.

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4 thoughts on “European governments forcibly return asylum seekers to Iraq

  1. I am calling on the british, swedish norvegian and netherlands governement to stop the forcible retrun of Iraqis.

  2. I am calling on the british, swedish norvegian and netherlands governement to stop the forcible retrun of Iraqis.

  3. First of all, Iraq is not save.

    Besides that – Dutch surveillances have used unproportional force and have hit some ayslumseekers to get them into a plane to Iraq (march 2010). Once they arrived overthere some have been mollested by Iraqy surveillances whereafter they have been emprisoned. As I understood some have disappeard. I urge the british, swedish, norvegian and netherland government to stop the forcible return of Iraqis. At least untill answers/responsibility has been given/taken to these alligations and savety has returned in the country.

  4. First of all, Iraq is not save.

    Besides that – Dutch surveillances have used unproportional force and have hit some ayslumseekers to get them into a plane to Iraq (march 2010). Once they arrived overthere some have been mollested by Iraqy surveillances whereafter they have been emprisoned. As I understood some have disappeard. I urge the british, swedish, norvegian and netherland government to stop the forcible return of Iraqis. At least untill answers/responsibility has been given/taken to these alligations and savety has returned in the country.