Iraq considered safe enough for return: Minister
30th November 2010: Even as the European Court of Human Rights has called for a freeze on the practice, the Government will continue to deport Iraqis, whose applications for asylum have been rejected.
Iraq was now considered safe enough for people to return, says Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt, even as bomb explosions and shootings continue to be a daily phenomenon in Iraq.
The assertion, a year after the UK first started returning Iraqis to Baghdad, comes at a time when the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has raised objections to the policy of returning failed asylum seekers to central Iraq.
Just about a month back, the European Court of Human Rights even shot off a communication to tell the UK government that it would apply "Rule 39" to any Iraqi challenging their deportation.
According to the rule, anyone from Iraq who takes their case to the European Court will automatically be allowed to remain in the UK — at least temporarily.
The decision was taken in view of the `deterioration in the security situation’ in Baghdad.