Anti-deportation campaigns

Help Luqman Onikosi

Submitted by Matthew on 18 February, 2016 - 11:37

In 2007, Luqman Onikosi came to the UK from Nigeria to study at the University of Sussex. Whilst in the UK he developed chronic liver disease. After finishing his degree, he began to work in the Nigerian High Commission, before becoming to ill to continue work. In 2012, the Home Office attempted to deport Luqman. If he had been deported in all likelihood he would have died. Fortunately a successful campaign kept him in the country. Now the the Home Office is trying to deport him again. Support Luqman’s appeal for further legal advice, and a campaign to save his life.

We all belong to Glasgow

Submitted by AWL on 29 July, 2014 - 6:04 Author: Charlotte Seleus

The Glasgow girls, are a group of school students from Drumchapel High School in Glasgow, who in 2005 took it upon themselves to campaign for the release of their friend Agnesa Murselaj, a Roma girl from Kosovo who was detained by immigration police in a dawn raid.

Agnesa’s whole family were placed in Yarls Wood detention centre and faced deportation back to a country where Roma people faced persecution.

The Old Left Continues To Rot (1994)

Submitted by dalcassian on 7 July, 2014 - 12:39

THE "George-Galloway-loves-Saddam-Hussein" affair gave the Tories a
brief respite from their own scandals and sensational revelations last
week.

It brought no respite to socialists concerned at the continuing decay of the old left. It was the latest putrescent manifestation of that decay.

The Tories needed the respite, and though in fact it was the BBC monitoring service which "broke" the story, we got tabloid front pages.
Beneath the abuse, they must have loved George Galloway!

Immigration detainee protests spread

Submitted by AWL on 2 May, 2014 - 9:15

See also new video here.

Events so far @ Wednesday 7 May 2PM.

On Friday (2 May) over 150 detainees in Harmondsworth migration prison occupied the main courtyard in a sit down protest and began a mass hunger strike. On Monday (5 May) supporters held solidarity noise demos outside Harmondsworth and simultaneously at Dungavel (Scotlans). Yesterday evening (Tuesday 6 May) protests started to spread to Colnbrook and Brook House
migration prisons.

Migrant solidarity news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 11 December, 2013 - 11:40

On 29 November, the Home Office attempted to deport Isa Muazu, a Nigerian refugee.

Muazu had been on hunger strike for over 100 days against his detention at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre and was feared to be close to death. However, the privately-charted jet the Home Office hired to deport him was not allowed to land by Nigerian authorities, and Muazu is now back in the UK.

Migrant and local: workers unite!

Submitted by AWL on 3 December, 2013 - 6:12

Six weeks before Romanian and Bulgarian workers will get unrestricted access to European labour markets, David Cameron has announced new benefit restrictions on all EU migrants.

The initiative is, to borrow the word used by European Commissioner Laszlo Andor, “nasty”. It is also, to judge it in terms of bourgeois policy-making efficacy, nonsensical.

How Jimmy Mubenga was killed

Submitted by AWL on 30 May, 2013 - 1:14

Angolan journalist Jimmy Mubenga repeatedly called for help during the 35 minutes he was handcuffed from behind and bent forwards in his aeroplane seat during an attempted forced deportation in 2010, an inquest has revealed.

Despite the corroborating evidence of 21 other passengers and crew, the three G4S guards responsible for restraining him claim not to have heard him, and that he position he was in (with his head lower than the seat-back tray of the seat in front) was self-inflicted.

Don't deport Fernanda Milan!

Submitted by Matthew on 19 September, 2012 - 8:45

Fernanda Milan is a 22-year-old transgender woman and activist from Guatemala.

In 2009, Fernanda fled persecution to seek safety and asylum in Denmark. Fernanda has now been told that Danish law does not recognise gender identity as a motive for persecution.

This is despite a 2011 Directive of the European Parliament (2011/95/EU Article 10d), which specifically mentions gender identity as a reason for persecution.

Fernanda has been informed she will be deported back to Guatemala on 17 September.

Stop deportations at London Metropolitan University

Submitted by Matthew on 12 September, 2012 - 11:41

Late on the evening of Wednesday 29 August, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced that London Metropolitan University was losing its “highly trusted sponsor” status.

This means that in the eyes of UKBA, being a London Met student no longer makes you eligible to stay in Britain on a student visa.

The right of the 2,600 non-EU students at London Met to remain in country has been stripped away with the stroke of a pen — the single biggest expulsion since Edward I's Edict of Expulsion which kicked out the Jews in 1290.

Thoughts on the London Met situation

Submitted by bobsutton on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 10:13

This is a short commentary written by Workers' Liberty Student, Vice-President of the Liverpool Guild of Students 2011-12 and NCAFC National Committee member Bob Sutton. It has been produced in order to try and provoke discussion about how to best resist the deportations amongst activists this weekend. It is not a finished blueprint for a campaign, but an attempt to raise important questions, suggestions and contribute to the debate.