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 UK: Fifty Iraqi Kurds forcibly deported to Iraq

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UK: Fifty Iraqi Kurds forcibly deported to Iraq  29.10.2008




I am circulating this press release from my friend, Dashty, at the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees, published today, and would urge all members and supporters of Amnesty to write to the new Immigration Minister to protest the forcible, and apparently unlawful, deportations to Iraq on Monday.

October 29, 2008


UK, —  Yadga an Iraqi Kurd detained in Tinsley House reported to IFIR that a number of Iraqi Kurdish asylum seekers were taken from Tinsley and Dover House to Stansted Airport on 27October..

Yadga told the Home Office escorts that he was due to be released that day. The escorts however ignored him. Yadga was forced onto a coach with the other Kurdish asylum seekers. Yadga reported there was a convoy of four coaches travelling to the airport. Each asylum seeker as before was accompanied by two escorts. Following phone calls from Yadga’s solicitors he was taken from the holding area at Stansted airport and returned to Tinsley House at 6pm yesterday evening.

Dashty Jamal IFIR Secretary called Awat from Sulaimaniyah. Awat said he and five other Kurdish asylum seekers refused to board the plane and were beaten very badly by their escorts prior to being forced to board the International Hamburg airplane,
www.ekurd.net the flight arrived at Erbil airport at approximately 4am the morning of the 28 October. Awat reported that they waited in Erbil for 30 minutes until they were diverted to Sulaimaniyah airport.

This is the sixth time that Iraqi Kurds have been forcibly removed in such large numbers. Generally the UK deports Iraqi Kurds using Royal Jordanian airlines on charter planes. All of these removals are in contravention of the Geneva Convention which states that asylum seekers should not be returned to a war zone.

IFIR asks all Human and refugee rights organisations,
www.ekurd.net Trade Unions and Trade Councils to write letters of protest condemning this flight to the Home Secretary:

Phil Woolas,
2 Marsham St, London SW1P
Fax:00442070354745
International Federation of Iraqi
Refugees-IFIR

CSDIraq
For more information please contact: , Dashty Jamal 078 5603 2991, Karen Johnson 078 0489 1082
or Samera Ahmad 078 2842 4164 email: [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected]

POBOX1575,ILFORD IG1 3BZ ,LONDON,UK
Tel:0044 7856032991 ,
00447895636633, 0041787557786, 004799387599, 003584404464905

www.csdiraq.com

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