HC Deb 07 February 1961 vol 634 c200
23. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many ex-Members of the previous Sudanese Parliament have sought political asylum in Uganda; whether asylum has been granted in all cases; and what application has been made by the Sudanese Government for their return.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Six Sudanese, including five ex-Members of the Sudanese Parliament, entered Uganda on 23rd December seeking political asylum. The Sudan Government in a Note to Her Majesty's Government has asked for their return. These persons have been issued with permits under the Control of Alien Refugees Ordinance pending a decision about their future. As to this, I am in consultation with my right hon. and noble Friend the Foreign Secretary, and the Governor.

Mr. Wall

Would my right hon. Friend undertake to say again that genuine political refugees would be given asylum in Uganda?

Mr. Macleod

The permits to which I referred laid down that there shall be no repatriation unless one is assured that they will be neither tried nor punished for a political offence, nor subjected to physical attack.

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