24 Mar 2023

Concerns grow over welfare of asylum seekers trapped on Diego Garcia

The United Nations Refugee Agency has told this programme it’s concerned about the welfare of asylum seekers trapped and isolated in a makeshift camp overseen by the UK, and has asked for access.

Around 100 Sri Lankan Tamils have been stranded on the remote Indian Ocean territory of Diego Garcia for 18 months.

They say they are living in “prison-like conditions”.

Five of the most vulnerable have been sent to Rwanda for treatment after attempting to take their own lives.

Today their lawyers went to the High Court in London to try to stop them being sent back.