Skip navigation

Indymedia UK is a network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organisations, offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues

End this injustice - Fourth attempt to remove Anselme Noumbiwa!

John O | 28.04.2009 08:10 | Birmingham | World

Anselme Noumbiwa, a Cameroon national and resident of Tees Valley, is currently detained in Colnbrook IRC and due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Friday 1st May on flight PVT002 @ 01:00 to Cameroon.

We do not know who the carrier is as UKBA have suppressed the information.

The third attempt to remove Anselme (Friday 24th October 2009) was foiled when Anselme put on an Air France flight at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport appealed to passengers to get him off the plane; the response was overwhelming. Passengers stood up and demanded Anselme be removed from the plane, the French airport police were brought onto the plane to try and persuade the passengers to sit down and let the flight proceed, they refused, so Anselme was taken off the plane and returned to the UK.

Anselme Noumbiwa fled Cameroon in 2006 because he was at risk of punishment for not adhering to the tribal traditions of the *Bamileke people. As the son and heir to the tribal Chief, Anselme was expected to assume his father's role, which included 'marrying' his many wives. When his father died in May 2006, Anselme refused to become the new Chief because polygamy contravened his Christian beliefs. In an attempt to force Anselme to comply with tradition, the village elders subjected him to the most degrading and terrifying torture.

USA: Human Rights Report: Cameroon 2008
The government's human rights record remained poor, and it continued to commit human rights abuses, particularly following widespread February riots to protest increased food and fuel costs. Security forces committed numerous unlawful killings. Security forces also engaged in torture, beatings, and other abuses, particularly of detainees and prisoners. Prison conditions were harsh and life threatening. There were incidents of prolonged and sometimes incommunicado pretrial detention and infringement on citizens' privacy rights. The government restricted citizens' freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and association, and harassed journalists. The government also impeded citizens' freedom of movement. Other problems included widespread official corruption. The government restricted worker rights and the activities of independent labor organizations.
Bureau Of Democracy, Human Rights, And Labor / February 25, 2009

Anselme has lived in Tees Valley since July 2006. He attends Sacred Heart RC Church, is active in the local community and was studying English at Stockton Riverside College. His many friends and supporters are outraged at the unjust and inhumane manner in which Home Office officials have treated Anselme's case.

Background: End this injustice - stop the removal of Anselme Noumbiwa!

What you can do to help!

Please send urgent E-mail/faxes immediately to Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith, Secretary of State for the Home Office asking that Anselme Noumbiwa be granted protection in the UK. Please use the attached "model letter" (AnselmeNoumbiwaJS.doc) you can copy/amend/write your own version (if you do so, please remember to include the HO ref: N1126839).

Fax: 020 8760 3132

Please let the campaign know of any emails/faxes sent:
Anselme Noumbiwa Campaign
C/o Jackie Fearnley>

Inquiries/further information:
Justice First
9 Cromwell Avenue
Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2EF

End of Bulletin:

Source for this Message:
Anselme Noumbiwa Campaign

John O
- e-mail:
- Homepage:


Display the following comment

  1. alternate tact — steve