UK Newswire Archive
01-02-2013 19:30Katy Bourne, the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex took part in a live Facebook chat which many people have called a 'Farce'.
Advertised as a chance to chat directly with Katy, many people were left disappointed and frustrated, with many of their questions going unanswered.
A campaign has been launched by tenants in north-west Glasgow to resist the rent hikes currently being proposed by Queens Cross Housing Association (QXHA). The Housing Association are planning a rent increase of nearly 5% for the second year running, a rise well over inflation during a time when many are already struggling to make ends meet.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Association has helped Scottish Coal over its final hurdle to starting work on its 3.4 million tonne Loch Fitty extension of St Ninnians opencast coal site.
01-02-2013 18:06Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association at the conclusion of his visit to the United Kingdom
Hassanat Omeneke Aliyu's second asylum claim has been rejected today, and she is due to be deported this Friday - 1st February.
She fled Nigeria in 2006 with her one year old daughter, who was threatened with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She was trafficked to Britain and has been living here for 5 and a half years, and is currently living in Newcastle. She now has three young daughters who have grown up here and become part of the community. Despite coming here seeking safety, the British government now wants to deport Hassanat and her daughters back to Nigeria where they have no family and friends and will still be under threat of FGM and the ongoing problems and conflict in Nigeria.
For more information see: http://tcarblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/stop-deportation-of-hassanat.html
The UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) and other agencies of the United Nations have stated that refugee and asylum status should be granted to women and girls fleeing their country to escape genital mutilation. The actions of the British government are directly contradicting this. The British government committed to opt into the EU’s directive on human trafficking in July 2011. The directive is focused on 'prevention and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims'. Their attempts to deport Hassanat and her children prove this to be a lie. We must force them to live up to their fine words on human trafficking, and comply with the UNHCR's statement on FGM.
What you can do
1. Contact the airline - British Airways
2. Contact the Home Secretary
3. Contact your MP/Hassanat's local MP/Other MPs
1. Contact British Airways and ask them not to carry Hassanat Omeneke Aliyu (Home Office ref: A1432864/5) and her children against their will. .
The flight details are flight BA75 (to Lagos, Nigeria) at 10.30am on 1st February 2013.
You can phone, fax or email:
Telephone: 0844 493 0787
Web form: https://www.britishairways.com/travel/custrelform/public/en_gb
2. Write to the Home Secretary
You can fax or email. A template is pasted at the end of this article - state your own organisation or name.
Include: 'In light of the risk of harm Hassanat Omeneke Aliyu and her children face in Nigeria, and the settled life they have made in the UK over the last 6 years , I urge you to use your powers as Home Secretary to cancel Hassanat's removal directions and grant her leave to remain.'
The email addresses to use are:
The fax number is: 0207 0354745 (when faxing from outside the UK, use 00 44 2070354745).
3. Email your MP, or other MP's
We need to raise Hassanat's case with as many MP's as possible - especially those who have spoken out against trafficking and FGM or in support of refugees. The text below can be adapted for an email to any/all of the details below:
Mark Harper MP, minister of state for immigration and chair of the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group (IDMG)
Nick Brown MP, Labour Party, Newcastle upon Tyne East
Tel: 0191 261 1408/Fax: 0191 261 1409 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chi Onwurah MP, Labour Party, Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Tel: 0191 232 5838 - Email: email@example.com
Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour Party, Newcastle upon Tyne North
Tel: 0191 229 0352 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John McDonnell MP, Labour Party, Hayes and Harlington - has supported anti-deportation campaigns
Tel: 020 8569 0010/Fax: 020 8569 0109 - Email: email@example.com
All these MP's signed a statement opposing FGM in Oct 2012:
Jeremy Browne MP (Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Home Office)
Tel: 01823 337874 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Grant MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Victims and the Courts, Ministry of Justice)
Tel: 02072197107 - Email: email@example.com
Anna Soubry MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health)
Tel: 0115 9436507 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward Timpson MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Children and Families))
Tel: 020 7219 8027 - Email: email@example.com
Template Email text
Dear [MP/Home Secretary etc],
I am writing from an organisation called Tyneside Community Action Against Racism (TCAR) to ask for your help in stopping the deportation of Hassanat Omeneke Aliyu (Home Office ref: A1432864/5) and her three young daughters who are 6 and a half years old, 5 years old and 3 years old.
Action needs to be taken urgently: the Home Office have refused her second asylum claim and intend to deport the family to Nigeria this Friday 1st January. We need your support in building the campaign to stop her deportation. Please take up the case by formally supporting the campaign and raising it with the Home Secretary and UKBA.
Hassanat fled Nigeria in 2006 with her one year old daughter, who was threatened with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). They were trafficked to Britain and have been living here for 5 and a half years, and are currently living in the East End of Newcastle. Hassanat now has three young daughters who have grown up in Britain and become part of the community, all currently attending Byker primary school.
The British government committed to opt into the EU’s directive on human trafficking in July 2011. The directive is focused on 'prevention and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims'.
The Labour party has consistently spoken out against trafficking, with Shadow farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies MP stating in October: 'There is no place for human trafficking in any part of our economy.' Action is needed to back up these words.
Despite the Coalition government’s promise to tackle human trafficking and their commitment to better protect the victims, realising that in many instances those who are exploited never fully recover from their traumatic experience, the Home Office claims Hassanat to be a liar and is in effect punishing Hassanat, a victim of human trafficking, and her children, forcing them to endure even more traumatic experiences. Her daughters have grown up here, two of them were born here, uprooting them from this will undoubtedly cause stress and psychological damage and if they are deported then all of her daughters will be under serious threat of FGM. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) and other agencies of the United Nations have stated that refugee and asylum status should be granted to women and girls fleeing their country to escape genital mutilation. The actions of the British government are directly contradicting this.
The government has some very fine words to say about protecting victims. We only ask that they put these words into practice and give Hassanat and her daughters indefinite leave to remain in Britain.
We would greatly appreciate your help in this matter and urgently request a response.
[Your name] On behalf of Tyneside Community Action Against Racism (TCAR) For more information see: http://tcarblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/stop-deportation-of-hassanat.html
The world is in crisis. The neoliberal project has, in the last few years, advanced at a faster pace than ever before. In its wake, our working conditions, our education systems, health systems, and the very future of our planet are being washed to one side.
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SUMAC centre, Nottingham
23rd and 24th February, 10-5pm
31-01-2013 13:06Hunt has announced that Lewisham A and E will be closed. Protest today at 5.30 pm outside Lewisham hospital