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Anit-deportation campaigns, + other news, Friday 1st February 2008

National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns/ repost | 01.02.2008 20:49 | No Border Camp 2007 | Anti-racism | Migration

NCADC news service

Christopher and Calvin George - Still Here!
"The deportation was stopped Thursday evening. I don't have the precise details, but apparently the High Court has told the Home Office that they are not ready to make a decision on their applications yet. Their solicitor is applying for bail."
Keith Ross, Asylum Justice


Honorine Nzessie Tchoua and her four children are back in Birmingham
They were released from Yarl's Wood last Saturday


Kazadi Family belong to Belfast
Paul Kazadi his partner Arleth and baby Benita, have set up a campaign website. To highlight their fight, supported by their local Belfast community to remain in the UK,


Was excessive force used in an attempt to deport Marlon Ledgister?


Removal cancelled but Jane Kariuki and her family still face deportation to Kenya. The family have been in the UK for 10 years. Jane's son, Kevin Kahara, is being held in Campsfield IRC. The Independent published an article about the family's plight and Kevin's removal, which was scheduled for yesterday, has been cancelled, but the family still faces deportation.
Deportation of Kenyan immigrant halted again fourth time

"Family who fled torture in Kenya to be deported"
"They came to my house to look for human rights propaganda. When they couldn't find any they took me away to a dark building in the city, beat me and then they raped me."


Glasgow: Take action to stop the destitution of people seeking asylum

Conference: Still Human, Still Here

Saturday 2nd February 10:00am to 1:30pm
Renfield Centre
260 Bath Street
G2 4JP

If you would like to attend:
email / or ring, 0141 353 2220


Support The Harmondsworth 4 Demonstration
Monday 4th February - 9:00 am to 10:30am

The trial continues of four men who were in Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre at the time of the protest there on 28 November 2006 opened on Monday 14th January 2008 at Southwark Crown Court. The trial is expected to last for six weeks and there will be a demonstration each Monday from 9 to 10.30am.
Southwark Crown Court

1 English Grounds
(off Battlebridge Lane)
London SE1 2HU
(nearest tube London Bridge)

Background: Trial begins of Harmondsworth 4

Enquiries/further information :


Challenges And Solutions: Undocumented Migrants And Failed Asylum Seekers
Saturday 2nd February - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Praxis Community Projects
Pott Street
London E2 oEF
Near the Bethnal Green stop on the Central Line.
Also accessible using bus routes 8, 106, 253, 254, 309, 388, D3, and D6.

* Presentation on the legacy asylum case resolution
* Presentation on the ongoing campaign for a regularisation
* Brainstorming sessions to discuss issues faced by undocumented migrants and those who work with them
* Opportunity for migrants to network with support organisations, and for organisations to discuss best practices
* Medecins du Monde medical clinic open for migrants who need medical advice

Please invite migrants or colleagues who may be interested in this event.

Further info, including if you would like your organisation to be represented in the open session, please contact Kathryn Dennler on 020 7749 7615 /


Commissioner Hammarberg to discuss human rights with UK national authorities
The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will discuss the human rights situation in the UK with British authorities and non governmental organisations (NGOs) during a four-day visit to London starting on Tuesday 5 February. Discussions will focus on counter-terrorism, immigration and children's rights in particular.

For further information on the Commissioner's visit: r=no&Target=_self&BackColorInternet=F5CA75&BackColorIntranet=F5CA75&BackColorLogged=A9BACE


Ten point plan for border protection and Immigration reform
Home Office News Release (005/2008) issued by The Government News Network, 14/01/08 ;


A compassionate Immigration system for children
Home Office News Release (014/2008) 31 January 2008


Early Day Motion 695 : SPOUSE VISAS
Tabled by David Howarth MP, 15th Jan 2008

"That this House condemns the Home Office ruling that a foreign national with a genuine and subsisting marriage to a British national who needs to regularise their stay in the United Kingdom must either return to their country of origin, accompanied by their British spouse and British young children, to apply for a United Kingdom spouse visa, which often entails a visit to a hostile environment which presents an unacceptable risk, or must travel alone and face an indefinite separation resulting in a stressful disruption to family life and support; welcomes the ruling of the Court of Appeal in AB (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department that a spouse who had married an overseas overstayer was entitled to have his right to a family life to be taken into account, although he was not a formal party to the proceedings seeking the removal of the overstayer; and calls for the Home Office to exercise the granting of discretionary leave to remain in the United Kingdom even when the requirements of the Rules are not met but where there are genuine reasons under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, relating to the right to respect for parents and family life, which make removal inappropriate."

If your MP is not one of the 33 MPs (see below) who has already signed, please ask your MP to sign now.

David Howarth, Bob Russell, Peter Bottomley, Andrew George, Alistair Carmichael, Adrian Sanders, Lynne Jones, Jeremy Corbyn, Mike Hancock, Stephen Williams, John Pugh, Elfyn Llwyd, David Drew, David Heyes, Andrew Dismore, Mark Durkan, Bill Etherington, Robert N Wareing, John Leech, Daniel Rogerson, Jenny Willott, Mark Hunter, Andrew Stunell, Alan Simpson, John McDonnell, Colin Breed, Mark Williams, Tom Brake, Vincent Cable, Harry Cohen, Hywel Williams, Alasdair McDonnell,
Albert Owen.


"Motherland" with Juliet Stevenson and Harriet Walter

Mothers Day : Sunday 2nd March - 6:00pm

Young Vic
The Cut
London SE1
One evening only - Juliet Stevenson, Harriet Walter and other actors will bring to life the heartbreaking and heroic experiences of women and children who have sought asylum in the UK. They will be joined by asylum seekers who will tell their own moving stories.

"We came here to find safety but they locked us up. Do the British people know that this happens?" Meltem Avcil, 13-year-old Turkish refugee
"Stories To make the heart burst"
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Independent, on Women For Refugee Women's previous performance evening

All tickets £10
Free to asylum seekers or 020 7922 2922
Proceeds to Women for Refugee Women and the Yarl's Wood Befrienders
To find out more about the work of Women for Refugee Women :
Contact :


'Barrister' is charged with fraud
A man has been charged with fraud after posing as a human rights lawyer to detainees at Yarl's Wood immigration centre in Bedfordshire.

"Police investigate bogus detention lawyer"
· 'Street barrister' took cash from asylum seekers
· Review deportee cases, say campaigners

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Source for this Message:
Home Office
Women for Refugee Women
Support The Harmondsworth 4 Campaign
The Guardian
The Independent
Council of Europe
Nadean Ledgister

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