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'The fact that fighting was taking place in Kisangani is irrelevant. The Secretary of State can reasonably expect you to go there.'

Home Office refusal letter

to asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo

A new report released by Amnesty International reveals Home Office asylum decisions based on inaccurate and out-of-date country information, unreasoned decisions about people's credibility and a failure to properly consider complex torture cases.

Government figures show that the Home Office gets the initial decision wrong on nearly 14,000 asylum cases in the last reported calendar year (2002), meaning around 1 in 5 cases are overturned after costly appeals. This figure rises to nearly 4 in 10 cases from Somalia, and more than 1 in 3 Sudanese and Eritrean asylum applications.

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said: 'Getting an asylum decision wrong is not like a clerical error on a tax bill or parking fine. Wrongly refusing someone's claim could mean returning ...

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