Saturday, 28 August 2010

New Iraqi Deportation Flight Due

from a NCADC news release:

NCADC has been contacted by several detainees facing forcible removal to Iraq on the two charter flights scheduled for the 1 September 2010 and 6 September 2010. Rabar, whose campaign began several weeks ago when the UKBA reassessed his age at 20 instead of 16, is to be deported on the charter flight to Baghdad on the 1st of September.

Two other detainees that have contacted NCADC, who will be on the charter flight PVT010 to Baghdad on the 6th are Hussein Samer Mahmood, HO Ref. No. M1371631, and Ibrahim Hussein Sharif Sahidi, HO Ref. No., S1361211. Both men have been in Campsfield for about a month and have received threats to their lives in Iraq.

Ibrahim fled to the UK in 2006. His asylum claim was refused in 2007 and he has struggled through the asylum system since. His father was murdered in 2007 and his brother was murdered this year. New evidence is on its way from Iraq and he hopes that it arrives in time to file a fresh claim.

Hussein arrived in the UK in 2008 and his case was refused in 2009. He moved to Jordan and became an informal translator to the British Foreign Embassy and also made a living by assisting immigrants file their applications. However, he and his family began receiving threats in 2006 and while he was visiting the UK in 2008 he received a call from his family in Iraq saying that Hussein's brother had been threatened with kidnappings on a number of occasions and then shot and blinded. Because of this incident he decided to claim asylum from the UK.

UNCHR remains deeply concerned that returning Iraqi's to Baghdad could put them in serious danger as is outlined in the April 2009 UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Iraqi Asylum-Seekers and Note on the Continued Applicability of the April 2009 UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Iraqi Asylum-Seekers, 28 July 2010.

Write to the Home Secretary, Theresa May and let her know that you are strongly against these forced removals to Iraq.

Rt. Hon Theresa May, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office,
2 Marsham St London SW1 4DF
Fax: 020 8760 3132
July 2010

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