Campaign for Christian
Asylum Link Merseyside
St Anne Centre, 7 Overbury Street, Liverpool, L7 3HJ
Many thanks for your support.
Tony McNulty, Minister for Immigration, 3rd Floor, Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
RE: request that Christian Ntirandekura remains in the UK
I write to express my support for Christian Ntirandekura: Home office Ref number N1101279, date of birth 10.05.1958. I ask that his request for asylum be granted.
Christian Ntirandekura arrived in this country on November 23rd, 2004 and claimed asylum after fleeing persecution in Burundi. He was separated from his wife and children who fled to Rwanda.
Christian is a member of the Ganwa ethnic group which is not recognised by the Burundian Government. He is a founder member of the Abahuza Party. He was a self employed information officer who was dealing with various local political organisations including: Studio Tubane, Radio R.P.A, A.C Genocide, UNOB...
As a relative of the former royal family and because he was a Human Rights and Liberty activist, he suffered political and ethnic persecution by the authorities.
In May 24th, 2003 when travelling to Ngozi to cover a publicity campaign, he was ambushed by soldiers in Government uniform. In April 2004, a grenade was thrown through the window in his house in Bujumbura.
From June 2003 until he sought refuge in this country, Christian was harassed and intimidated by the police many times in relation to his professional activities and his ethnic background. When it became clear to him that his life was in danger, he fled the country.
His asylum claim has been refused several times because the Immigration Authorities do not find his case believable. I feel this is due to the Authorities lack of knowledge of the ethnic tensions and political situation in Burundi. He now risks detention and deportation to Burundi, where civil war has raged for more than 12 years and where his life will be in immediate danger.