UK: Vietnamese lorry deaths were 'heartbreaking and horrific'

Police outside a cordoned off part of the lorry park in Essex last October © Sky News

‘There will always be those willing to take advantage of people who feel forced to make dangerous journeys’ - Patrick Corrigan

Responding to the news that a lorry driver from Northern Ireland has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to 39 counts of manslaughter after the deaths last year of a group of Vietnamese migrants, Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said: 

“This was a heartbreaking and horrific incident.
 
“Sadly, there will always be those willing to take advantage of people who feel forced to make dangerous journeys, because current immigration policies and practices deny them safe and legal options to reach the UK.
 
“Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this awful tragedy.”

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