A US State Department report cited in the Home Office's own 'Country of Origin' report says "Domestic violence was widespread [in 2006] and often considered socially acceptable". The report goes on further to cite an Amnesty International May 2005 report 'Unheard Voices - Violence Against Women in the Family' ;
"Countless women and girls in Nigeria are subjected to violence by some members of their families and within their communities, as in many countries throughout the world. Women of all ages and from all socio-economic groups, living in rural and urban communities, are affected. The lack of official statistics makes assessing the extent of the violence an almost impossible task, but studies suggest levels of violence are shockingly high. More than a third and in some groups nearly two-thirds of women in Nigeria are believed to have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in the family"
The Amnesty report also states that "The criminal justice system provides scant protection, the police and judiciary often dismissing domestic violence as a family matter and failing to investigate or press charges".
16 years on UK Government still in breach of child rights - the Government's report on its implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) shows that there are still key areas where children's rights are being breached across the UK.
"It is unacceptable that the UK Government is still not respecting the Convention, despite being one of the world's most advanced democracies. The Government continues to ignore most of the recommendations made by the UN in 2002 and is therefore failing to protect the most vulnerable children in our society." Douglas Hamilton of Save the Children
Even by the Home Office's own information Funke and Joseph would face considerable danger if returned to Nigeria. We are asking people to fax the Home Office on their behalf to ask that they can stay in the UK in safety.
Urgent action needed:
Send faxes to Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office asking that the Funke and Joseph be allowed to stay in the U.K. Please Remember to quote their Home Office Reference Number O1108393
Fax: 020 7035 4745 (+ 44 207 035 4745 from outside the UK)
Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office
3rd Floor, Peel Buildings
2 Marsham Street
Please notify Unity of any faxes sent:
The Unity Centre
30 Ibrox Street
Glasgow G51 1AQ
0141 427 7992