by RenÃ© Lavanchy
THE House of Lords begins considering sending Darfuri asylum seekers back this week, in spite of a report claiming they will face torture.
The Government is seeking to overturn the Court of Appealâ€™s decision in April that three Darfuris should not be deported to Khartoum because they would find conditions â€œunduly harshâ€.
But a report this week from the anti-genocide pressure group the Aegis Trust says that Darfuri asylum seekers face torture and possible death if sent there.
Sadiq Adam Osman, a refugee sent to Khartoum last year, said: â€œPeople need to know that the Home Office has blood on its hands.
â€œIf you read this report, you will see how narrowly I escaped with my life. Others have been sent back and have never been heard from again.â€
Mr Osman says that on reaching Khartoum, he was blindfolded, interrogated and beaten for several days.
â€œMy whole body was numb so I couldn’t feel anything any more. I was bleeding everywhere, I was completely soaked in blood.â€
Torture allegations were not considered by the Court of Appeal when it found in favour of the Darfuris this year, as it ruled there was insufficient evidence at the time. Instead, judges decided that life in camps for displaced people in Khartoum would be â€œunduly harshâ€.
The House of Lords will not consider torture evidence either for the same reason. Its ruling is expected in two to three months.