A (Temporary) Victory to the campaign against deportations of 'refused asylum seekers' to DR Congo!The Home Office say they will not attempt to remove any refused asylum seekers on the 'Charter Flight' scheduled for Thursday or any other flight, pending the AIT Country guidance case.
A High Court judge has ordered the halt of all deportations to the Democratic Republic of Congo pending a 'country guidance' hearing for the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in September. The news was a reason for much rejoicing among DRC communities across the country, both inside and outside detention. Campaigners said the Home Office has, once again, missed a chance to get rid of as many Congolese asylum seekers as possible before the guidance appeal is determined in their favour. However, sources said the Home Office are still going ahead with the charter flight, filling it with DRC nationals who have not claimed asylum.
A number of Congolese detainees had received 'removal directions' for the 30th August. Last February, 21 children and 17 adults were forcibly deported to DR Congo on a charter flight operated by XL.
There were 8 other demos in Britain today. here is the list:
Feature: Temporary Victory for DR Congo Refugees
Assorted postings of asylum related issues, here in Nottingham .... and beyond
2007 Nottingham Demo against deportations to Congo
2007 Nottingham Situation in the Congo is worsening as deportations continue [Feature]
2007 Nottingham Congolese Community demonstrated against continued deportations
2005 Nottingham Protest against Deportations to Northern Iraq (Kurdistan)
2005 Nottingham Police Station :: Forced Deportations Continue
2005 Nottingham Occupation at Labour Party Offices for East Midlands
2006 Nottingham Anti-Deportation Protest at Nottingham Magistrates Court
Interview regarding Congo Deportations
Also, while at the Climate Camp ...... folks thought that they'd go and interfer with the operations of XL operating charter flights scheduled to 'remove' a number of failed asylum seekers to DR Congo.
Photos from XL Airways Office Occupation
XL's cage rattled
Actions against the 30th August 'charter flight'
quoting from a comment: [18.08.2007 19:24] Next deportation flight
Congolese refugees are receiving deportation orders for the 30th August. All indications are that XL will again be the company flying them back. Please telephone, fax or email the company. Please be non-aggressive and non-offensive otherwise it could be detrimental to trying to stop people getting sent back.
Tel: 0870 320 7777
Fax: +44 (o)1883 627 564
Email: go to the website, www.XL.com, go to contact us, go to media enquiry. Happy emailing.
XL action climatecamper
Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham. UK
Member of the National Union of Journalists [No: 014345]
"It is not enough to curse the darkness.
It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"