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"White list"?

The following letter appeared in yesterday's Guardian. Does anyone 
have any independent corroboration of the claim? Is the white list 
an official list and has Iraq recently been placed on it? I looked
on the Home Offic page and the last entry for Iraq is April 2000.
If true, it is  a useful tidbit for us in countering claims that the
government cares about the human rights of Iraqi people persecuted by 
Saddam Hussein.,6903,409382,00.html

"Iraqis on the list" 

 Sunday December 10, 2000 

Your article on Saddam's
executioners (World, last week) must
be malign propaganda. The Home
Office, (Immigration and Nationality
Directorate) has only recently decided
to place Iraq on the 'white list'. This
means that asylum seekers from Iraq
fall to be treated under the expedited
procedure as the directorate is
satisfied that the conditions of law and
order, treatment of prisoners, and civil
liberty is such that it is unlikely that
Iraq will produce genuine refugees. I
appreciate that you give UNHCR as a
link, but surely in terms of veracity,
there is no contest when comparing
UNHCR's opinion with that of Jack
Straw and his driven minions.

Francis Deutsch
Saffron Walden
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