Internal emails show Home Office asking colleagues to confirm they are not aware of persecutions

Home Office officials have been trying to persuade their Foreign Office colleagues to say publicly that it is safe to return people to the Democratic Republic of Congo despite the country having one of the worst human rights records in the world.

Internal emails obtained by the human rights organisation Justice First, and seen by the Guardian, show Home Office officials requesting that their British embassy colleagues in the DRC capital Kinshasa issue a statement saying they have no information that people are being persecuted after returning from the UK to the DRC.

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