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Sunday, November 07, 2004

UK: UN concern at plans to deport refugees

from the Guardian:

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said it has "serious concerns" about legislation which could see someone convicted of a relatively minor crime deported from Britain.

The UNHCR's representative to the UK, Anne Dawson-Shepherd, said that the Specification of Particularly Serious Crimes Order, to be discussed in the House of Lords, could put refugees' lives at risk.
Ms Dawson-Shepherd said the legislation includes "an overly sweeping interpretation of what is considered to be a 'particularly serious crime' as well as disproportionately severe consequences for a refugee should the order be implemented - return to face persecution in the country of origin or removal to a territory where he or she may be subject to torture or death".

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