Over the last week hundreds of Sudanese Asylum Seekers, including 8 from Nottingham, have been rounded up and moved to holding centres in the UK ready for deporatation. This MUST be resisted by anti-deportation activists. One of our friends, Mustapha, may have already been deported, although we are seeking firm information on this. He is a valued volunteer at the Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum Food Group and his friends are desperately worried about him. Because of his unmasking of inhumane practices in Sudan, he faces certain torture and maybe worse if deported. Certainly others are in danger too. We’ll update you when we hear more and could anyone with news please tell us so that we can publish it).
Good news! Mustapha did not get on the plane, although it’s not over yet. We’ll keep you posted. Thanks for the messages of support seen on Indymedia UK!
Campaigners against deportation may find this House of Commons information on Sudan useful…
Continue reading Return Mustapha to his friends and to safety, not to Sudan.
Mohammed Abdulhadi Ali watched in terror as Janjaweed
militiamen on butchered his relatives and neighbours
and burned his village to the ground…..
Continue reading No Deportations of Sudanese
A DIRECT action group claimed to have occupied an immigration centre today in protest at dawn raids on asylum seekers. The group, which said it is affiliated to the Unity organisation, claimed it has taken control of the centre in Brand Street, Cessnock, Glasgow over the early-morning raids and the detention of children.
A Strathclyde Police spokesman confirmed the force was dealing with an”ongoing incident” at the scene.
A spokesman for the protesters said there were around 30 taking part in the demonstration and that they had chained the gates to prevent staffgetting access. He said a banner saying “Stop child detention – end deportation” hadbeen draped from the gates.
Continue reading Asylum centre stormed by campaigners – protest against dawn raids
Stop Deporting Nottingham People to the Congo
The ‘Country Guidance Tribunal? on the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Government will decide whether it is safe to send people back to DRC, has been moved to Thursday April 12th. Wednesday’s demo in the Square at 1.00 will still go ahead (see below) and we will be building for another demonsraion on April 12th. Watch this space…..
Tthe Congo is far from safe. The situation is actually worsening….
Continue reading Demonstrate on Thursday April 12th in Nottingham
Please come and demonstrate outside the Bridewell, between the Magistrates Court and the Family Court by the Canal near the railway station tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Saturday 24th March, for our detained Sudanese friends who were arrested when they signed at Loughborough reporting centre yesterday. At least 8 from this area have been detained – three are known to us.
Important addition: This local detention appears to be part of a national ’round-up’ by the government, with the collusion of the Sudanese authorities who have been present interviewing detainees in holding centres in spite of protests by solicitors. It’s essential that the names of all the detainees are discovered and solicitors found for those who don’t have them.
There is a case in the High Court against the removal of asylum seekers to the Sudan and so the Home Office is doing its utmost to remove as many as possible before this judgment is made!! It is particularly dangerous for asylum seekers from Darfur to be returned to Khartoum.
Thanks to all who attended the protest at Bridewell police station and the Market Square. Hopefully there may be others things we can do to help thereafter.
Continue reading Nottingham protest against sudden detention of local Sudanese asylum seekers
Earlier this month hundreds of protesters gathered at demonstrations at the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal and Enforcement Units in Manchester, Glasgow and beyond. 8 further demonstrations around the UK will take place on Wednesday March 28th.
The 8 Demos are in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leicester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Manchester, and now Leeds. Read more for details.
Continue reading 8 Demonstrations Against Deportations to DR Congo – Wed 28 March
The ‘Central African Development Action’ (CADA) in Birmingham and the ‘Congo Support Project’ invite you to A Public Meeting on DR Congo Deportations On Saturday 24th March 2007 at 4.30pm to 7.30pm Against the Deportations of the Congolese People?..more
Continue reading National Campaign to Stop Deportations to DR Congo!
Of the three from Nottingham detained last week; Abdulhadi, Mustafa, Alcir …:
IMPORTANT UPDATE: 3 April 07 – Late last night, UK immigration authorities halted the removal of Darfuri African survivor Mohammed Abdulhadi Ali. Read more …
Continue reading Important Update on Sudanese Detainees
Modern day ‘slavery’ and exploitation of migrants to Britain –
with a Nottingham connection
During the Abolition 200 events, at the same time as making it clear that slavery did not end in 1807 (not even British involvement in slave trading) it?s important to look at the issue of modern day conditions of some of Britain?s exploited and abused people, especially migrant labourers and people from both EU and non-EU countries who are treated like slaves in Britain because they are held captive by their ?bosses?.
Continue reading Modern day ‘slavery’ / migrants to Britain / Nottingham connection