Asylum seeker is gagged and locked in a toilet while sent back to a war zone [The Canary]

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In-depth report on the treatment of an Iraqi asylum seeker being deported to an allegedly dangerous part of Iraq under duress and stress.

First published in The Canary on 13 April 2017:

Around 30 asylum seekers have reportedly been rounded up and detained in facilities across the UK ahead of mass deportation plans. And an alleged series of recent events, including the gagging and confinement of one asylum seeker in an aeroplane toilet, makes this scenario even more concerning.

The International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR) claims that UK authorities have detained around 30 people of Iraqi origin – who Britain has refused asylum – after routine reporting, and have taken them to detention centres, including Colnbrook, Campsfield and Morton Hall. But many of these people have lived in the UK for over a decade. They’ve built lives, and now have partners and children here.

Authorities have told them that they will leave the country in the next 7-10 days.

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