His Asylum claim was fast tracked and although the Home Office accepted that he was a member of the SCNC and accepted his active involvement with the SCNC. They did not find the evidence submitted regarding his torture to be credible, saying that not all his scars are consistent with his account of what happened. His claim was refused, as was his appeal.
Life in the UK: Stephane was given accommodation in Middlesbrough. He immediately joined his local church and played a full part in the community, attending services both on Sundays and during the week and taking part in the various voluntary jobs necessary to maintain a church. The priest has written in his support, as have other friends from Middlesbrough and also the Whitby area. Stephane was studying philosophy in his own country. He had already begun computer classes in Middlesbrough and was about to go to the University of Teesside for an interview to find out about other part time courses when he was detained. He is passionate about learning and about the cause of freedom for his country. He said that if he was returned to his country and had to die, he would not even mind that if it helped the cause of independence. He does not think his imprisonment or death would serve any good purpose and so is determined to stay here, study (possibly the Law) and do what he can for his country from a distance. The motto of the independence movement is 'The force of Argument, not the Argument of Force'.
His friends feel that with the help of a very good solicitor and more time in which to get documents authenticated, as well as good up to date country information and a fresh medical report, Stephane would have a chance to make a fresh asylum claim, if he is removed, this will not be possible.
What you can do to help!
1) Fax/Phone/Email, Willie Walsh, BA Chief Executive Officer, using the attached model letter StephaneSiewe BA.doc, which you can copy/amend/write your own, please ensure inclusion of the details - Stephane Siewe due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Monday 3rd November @ 06:15 on British Airways flight BA 302 to Paris and then Air France flight AF940 to Yaoundé, Cameroon @ 10:25.
Fax: 020 8759 4314
Tel: 084 4493 0787
2) Fax/Email Air France, Elise Biensan Press & Communications Manager, asking Air France not to return Stephane Siewe to Cameroon. Model letter StephaneSieweAF.doc attached that you can copy/amend/write your own version, if you do, please remember to include the following details: Stephane Siewe due to be forcibly removed to Cameroon on Air France flight AF940 on Monday 3rd November 2008.
Fax: 020 8584 4417 From outside the UK + 44 20 8584 4417
Email: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Please send urgent faxes immediately to Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith, Secretary of State for the Home Office asking that Stephane Siewe be granted protection in the UK. Please use the attached "model letter" (StephaneSieweJS.doc) you can copy/amend/write your own version (if you do so, please remember to include the HO ref: S1395946).
Fax: 020 8760 3132 (00 44 20 8760 3132 if you are faxing from outside UK)
Please let the campaign know of any faxes/emails sent:
Stephane Siewe Campaign
Jackie or Dorrie Fearnley on 01947 896481
9 Cromwell Avenue
Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2EF
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