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3 demos against asylum seeker detention – Sheffield, Doncaster & at Lindholme Detention Centre, 26-28 October

Join us as we march on Sunday 28th October from the Home Office in Sheffield to the Detention Centre at Lindholme to protest against the treatment of asylum seekers in this country. Additional demonstrations in Sheffield and Doncaster during the weekend.

Friday 26th 12 noon: Demonstrate @ Milton House, Home Office (Charter Row, Sheffield S1 3FZ). Rally: 1.45pm @ Ellesmere Green, Burngreave, Sheffield.

Saturday 27th 9am @ Eastwood Methodist Church, Rotherham. Rally & social in Doncaster town centre from 6.30pm.

Sunday 28th 3pm: Demonstrate @ Lindholme Detention Centre (A614, Doncaster DN7 6EE)

Accommodation in Rotherham and Doncaster & refreshment stops. For info contact: dignitynotdetention [at] yahoo.co.uk or call: 07931 900167. See also: Lindholme Appeal/Close Lindholme group.

Download leaflet [attachment=7] produced by South Yorkshire Migrant and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG). SYMAAG unites refugee, asylum and migrant organisations with campaign groups, trade unions, charities, political parties and supportive individuals. SYMAAG campaigns both for the rights of those seeking asylum and of those coming to work in this country. Contact via 0114 241 2780.

The detention centre is adjacent to Lindholme prison and was formerly part of RAF Lindholme. It has been used to incarcerate immigration detainees since 2000.

Read reports and see photos of previous action at Lindholme: Aug 2007 & Jan 2004.
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UN warns of thousands of victims of DR Congo fighting

From Goma, DR Congo, Oct 9, 2007 (AFP)
http://www.monuc.org/news.aspx?newsID=15669

UN officials warned here Tuesday that fighting between rebels and army troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo had displaced up to 500,000 people and left many in an “appalling” situation. The warning came as heavy fighting between forces loyal to renegade general Laurent Nkunda and the army continued in the Nord-Kivu region Tuesday, the day after the rebels launched an “active offensive” against army troops. A spokesman for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the provincial capital Goma told AFP Tuesday that it had recorded 371,000 people as internally displaced in the region since December 2006.
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Video of interviews outside DR Congo ‘country guidance tribunal’ Sept 21

No deportations to DRCongo.
From Indymedia UK
DRC IS NOT SAFE | 25.09.2007 16:07 | Anti-racism | Migration
These are links to interviews done by Friction TV at the demonstration on 21 September outside the Country Guidance Tribunal into DRC.
[Video interview 1] [Video interview 2] [Video interview 3] [Video interview 4]
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Nottingham Market Square demo Tues 28th Aug at noon – Stop deportations to DR Congo

Latest news: BUT PLEASE NOTE THE AUG 28 DEMONSTRATIONS WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED. Judge halts DR Congo deportations until a hearing in September decided whether the country was fit for returning asylum seekers. See NCADC and BBC News. The legal action was bought by 10 failed asylum seekers after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith refused to halt a charter flight to DR Congo on 30 August. The judge said, “I don’t consider it would be reasonable for the Secretary of State to take the attitude that she can continue to remove.”

Action will be taking place in many British cities because a number of Congolese detainees received “removal directions” for Thursday 30th August, stipulating Flight number PVT616 and ‘Operation Castor’. Castor was the ‘Operational’ name given to the ‘Charter Flight’ on the 26th February that removed 21 children and 17 adults to DR Congo. This deportation was planned before a (delayed) review of the Home Office position that DR Congo is safe. Evidence against the Home Office position is overwhelming. Early morning raids, detentions and deportations just before a “country guidance” hearing is due to take place follows a pattern where the UK Government publicly condemns abusive regimes and quietly deports their victims back to them, under the legal-radar.

THE PLANNED DEMONSTRATION WILL STILL GO AHEAD HOWEVER. It is important to keep up the pressure and continue to show solidarity with people still threatened with deportation, and nor least because the September “country guidance” hearing is still to some.

STOP DEPORTATION FLIGHTS – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO IS NOT SAFE FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS

WHEN? Join demonstration on Tuesday 28th August 2007 starting at 12 o’clock.
WHERE? Old Market Square (outside the Council House), Nottingham, NG1 2DT.

CALLED BY : Nottingham Congolese Community.
SUPPORTED BY : Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum, No Borders Nottingham, National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, Apareco North Midland, SOS Immigration, Satellite, Africa Initiative Support.

Read background information:
1) Home Office arrange another deportation ‘Charter flight’ to DR Congo.
2) What is the Home Office motive for trying to remove so many to the DR Congo now? What you can do about it?.

Other actions against the 30th August ‘charter flight’ in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Cardiff at the same time – 28th August at 12 noon. A London Demonstration *Stop the ‘Charter flight’ to DR Congo* took place on Thursday 23rd August – 10:00am at: High Court, The Strand, London, WC2A 2LL (Nearest tube, Charing Cross) where the successful Judicial Review hearing was held in the Court to try and stop the flight.
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Stop deportation of Ugandan Jane Mary Mutetsi from Heathrow on Monday

While reporting at Loughborough Reporting Centre on 8 August 2007 Jane Mary Mutetsi, asylum seeker from Uganda, was detained. She was moved to Manchester Airport holding centre since there were ‘no beds elsewhere’. She is due to be deported on Monday 13 August 2007, from Heathrow Airport London. It looks like the flight will be Kenya Airways flight KQ101 which leaves Heathrow Terminal 4 at 8pm on Monday.

Jane Mary is a Volunteer and a member of the Women’s Group at the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (NNRF). To object to the deportation contact the Manchester Airport IRC (Immigration removal centre), Manchester Airport, M90 4HH Tel: 0161 489 5702, Fax: 0161 489 5701. More details to follow tomorrow lunchtime.

We’re relieved to hear Jane’s immediate deportation was suspended at the last minute, now pending judicial review.
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Update on attempts to deport people to Sudan

British Airways and Gulf Air are the airlines involved, and the next deportation is set for Wednesday 4th April: Mustafa. The last attempt to deport Mustafa was from Heathrow (Gulf Air). BA were going to take Alcir.
Another update: 3 April 07 – Late last night, UK immigration authorities halted the removal of Darfuri African survivor Mohammed Abdulhadi Ali. Read more…
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