Scottish Refugee Council statement on Red Road Fatal Accident Inquiry

Scottish Refugee Council statement on Red Road Fatal Accident Inquiry

Scottish Refugee Council supports the calls made by the First Minister and others for a Fatal Accident Inquiry following the tragic deaths of three people at Red Road on March 7.

John Wilkes, Chief Executive of Scottish Refugee Council, said: “As an organisation it is our policy not to comment on the specifics of individual cases. However, what this awful incident has drawn attention to is the fact that people seeking asylum are very often living under enormous stress and pressure.

“Those who come to Scotland seeking asylum often arrive fearful and traumatised due to the desperate situations they have escaped in their countries of origin. They then have to navigate a difficult and bureaucratic asylum system, which can be extremely stressful in itself.

“In the course of that process the plight of the individual can get lost. We believe a Fatal Accident Inquiry is the right route to take in order to bring to light any lessons that can be learned from the circumstances around that led to these tragic deaths.”

Read more about how a Fatal Accident Inquiry can be set up on the Scottish Government’s website