"Solicitors working for the Manuel Bravo Project managed to stay the removal; Mira remains in Yarl's Wood but solicitors are working to get her released."
Background: We want Mira to Stay in Leeds, where she belongs
Church fights to stop deportation
Mira has been befriended by members of Christ Church in Upper Armley, which is linked to the Manuel Bravo Project, named after an Angolan asylum seeker who killed himself in Yarl's Wood in 2005.
"No news yet from JBB, but he called me at 7.30pm last night to say he was already sitting on the plane with 7 immigration escorts....cuffed....just hoping for a miracle to say he did not fly...if he went, he would not reach Cameroon until late tonight...long time to wait in Nairobi... Tried everything but UKBA Midlands simply said that they were not considering anything re: him having EU national partner or Medical Justice involvement... they were determined to remove him.
"Jean Baptiste was taken to Colnbrook IRC on Saturday - took him from Dungavel IRC at 9:00am, and he did not reach Colnbrook until 10.30pm...shocking to make people travel this way, stressing detainee out, no rest of mind or body before the removal day."
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Good news - Fariat Mohammadi released from detention
Fariat the Iranian refugee who went on hunger strike and sewed his mouth and eyes up in protest at his detention in Colnbrook IRC, has been released.
Background: Asylum seeker stitches eyes and mouth in protest
Fariat Mohammadi, an Iranian asylum seeker who fought against the Islamic regime in Iran, has been held in detention since his arrival in the UK eleven months ago. Currently held in Colnbrook immigration removal centre, he started to refuse food and stitched his eyes and mouth closed seven days ago.
Rebecca Wood, Institute of Race Relations, 9 July 2009
Home Office: 'Support our wars or you'll be denied a UK passport'
New rules on citizenship could bar immigrants who use the ancient British right to protest. Immigrants who take part in protests against British troops could be denied citizenship of this country under controversial new Home Office rules.
The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, will launch a consultation today on a new points-based system for would-be migrants according to their behaviour, as well as skills and qualifications. Mr Johnson, writing in the News of the World, said: "Bad behaviour will be penalised, and only those with enough points will earn the right to a British passport."
Full article: By Jane Merrick, Political Editor, the Independent, Sunday, 2 August 2009
Abbas Sharifi, Ali Mohamadi & Akbar Mohammed Safi have left the UK
Ali Mohamadi & Akbar Mohammed Safi
Keep Abbas Sharifi in Sheffield
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