As things stand, a charter flight deporting Afghans back to their home country is still scheduled to leave London tomorrow. But its numbers will be much reduced following a successful legal battle in which lawyers managed to save dozens of them.
Originally there were going to be up to 45 people on that flight. Now anyone who comes from an unsafe province will be taken off. Lawyers are working to ensure anyone with mental or physical disabilities is also taken off.
But how did it come to this? How did the Home Office think it was OK to deport people with disabilities to parts of a war-torn country which are considered highly dangerous by Afghanistan’s own ministers? The truth is the government knows the legal and moral arguments against the deportations, but it is intent on side-stepping them.
A judicial review from legal firm Duncan Lewis opposed the deportations on two basis: Firstly that there are only three provinces in the entire country to which people can be safely returned - Kabul,Read More »from Home Office presses ahead with Afghan deportations as country unravels