Please print it off, get people to sign and return to Friends of Amdani Juma c/o NNRF The Square centre Alfred Street, North Nottingham NG3 1AA.
There's also an online petiton which you can sighN
Mr Amdani Juma is a refugee HIV prevention and community worker in Nottingham. He was detained by the immigration authorities on Friday 30th May 2008 and is currently awaiting removal to Burundi on June 4th. Amdani is a popular, active and enormously well-respected refugee community worker in Nottingham, with a particular interest in HIV prevention work.
Amdani is a Burundian national. In 2003, he was granted 3 years Humanitarian Protection but his later application for Indefinite Leave to Remain was turned down. A further application to the Home Office for a discretionary decision has also been refused.
Amdani has a singular track record as a voluntary and paid refugee support worker. He is employed in the Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum’s ‘floating support’ team and as a HIV support worker for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He has also served on the National Refugee Integration Forum. Given his track record, Amdani should be regarded as a prime candidate for a positive decision. He is an exemplary role model for integration and community cohesion.
In a letter to the Home Office in January 2008, Alan Simpson MP stated that ‘I am not aware of any refugee who has made the contribution to the city and its communities comparable to that made by Mr Juma. He is an outstanding asset. Removing him from the UK would leave Nottingham (and beyond) much the poorer. There is no one, particularly within the AIDS / HIV field who could replace the work he does.’
Amdani is a torture survivor and a pro-democracy activist, who escaped death on more than one occasion. He has no immediate family left in Burundi. Amdani’s cousin, brother and sister have all been given Leave to Remain in the UK or the Netherlands. Human Rights organisations and the UN have reported ongoing human rights abuses in Burundi, including harassment and torture.
We the undersigned call upon the Secretary of State to reconsider Amdani Juma’s case and to grant him permission to remain in the UK.