Philippa McIntyre
Between a Rock and a Hard Place

This report discusses secondary evidence collected from a number of respected organisations that regularly monitor the situation in five African countries where human rights abuses are prevalent and from which people flee to the UK. 

These abuses include:
• Severe punishment for evasion of compulsory national service 
• Indiscriminate attacks on civilians by government and paramilitary forces, extrajudicial     killings of opposition members, and the forced conscription of women and children.
• The targeting, torture and killing of people opposing a ruling government.
• Consistent targetting of human rights activists, journalists, and opponents of the ruling. 

The report aims to show why many refused asylum seekers have an understandable fear of returning to their own countries.