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In August 2007 the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, was ordered by a high court judge to suspend deportations of unsuccessful asylum seekers to the Democratic Republic of Congo, after evidence of the rape and torture of deportees by Congolese officials emerged. However the Home Office has now deemed it safe to deport people to DR Congo, despite the ongoing war, corruption, breakdown of society, and severe lack of health care.  Human Rights Watch, in its recent report “We Will Crush You – The Restrictions of Political Space in the Democratic Republic of Congo” states:

“Security forces deliberately killed or summarily executed more than 500 persons in Kinshasa and Bas Congo and arbitrarily arrested and detained about a thousand more, many of whom were tortured or ill-treated.”

Titi Nzamba Bolele, and her three young children, were snatched in a dawn raid by UK Border Agents from their home in Iron Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff at 6am on Monday 1st February. On Friday, they were Read the rest of this entry »

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