In response to today’s ruling that asylum seekers cannot be returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo until a decision has been made on a country guidance case being considered by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said:
“This is a welcome ruling that reflects basic common sense. Sending people back to the DRC while evidence is under consideration that could show it may put their lives at risk is positively dangerous.
“It is astounding that the government even attempted to remove people before they knew for sure it was safe. This case should never have come to court.”