The President of the Iraqi parliament has backed the campaign to stop forcible deportations of Iraqi refugees from the UK and Europe, the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees said yesterday.
Speaking at a meeting organised by the Iraqi Embassy in London 14 October, 0sama al-Nujaifi questioned how European Governments could send people back to Iraq by force when the country was clearly unsafe, with regular bombings and other attacks.
The President and the other MPs present agreed to demands raised by the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees to back a motion through parliament not to accept deportees into Baghdad airport. Iraq has previously refused to accept some refugees sent back to Baghdad airport on individual flights but this move would make this a policy.
Another MP, Ali Abdullah, said a delegation from the parliament had told British government representatives they would not accept Iraqi people deported by force in the future.
Forcible deportations from the UK to Baghdad are currently suspended at least until November pending a legal challenge questioning the safety of the region. The last attempt to remove asylum seekers was in June. The United Nations has repeatedly said that Iraq remains unsafe.
The International Federation of Iraqi Refugees has reported previously that:
“Many of those who have been deported to Iraq in the past are now living in hiding, in fear of the persecution they originally left Iraq to flee. Some have been assassinated. Others have committed suicide only days after being deported or have been kidnapped and killed, while others have had mental breakdowns. Many more have had to leave the country and become refugees again.”Deportations to the northern, Kurdish region of Iraq have been suspended since early last year after the government there refused to accept any deportees.
In September Switzerland opened an enquiry into why thousands of Iraqi asylum requests were ignored by the Federal Migration Office over the years.
Between 2006 and 2008 Swiss embassies in Syria and Egypt received some 7,000-10,000 requests for asylum from Iraqi citizens, which were put to one side by the migration office.