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Manchester launch for campaign against deportations to Congo

by Mark Krantz, chair, Manchester Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers
Issue No. 2041

Over 200 refugees launched a campaign to stop forced removals back to the Democratic Republic of Congo at a meeting in Manchester last week.

“After ten years of brutal war in which over four million have died, there is not a single government institution, no justice system,” said campaigner Liz Atherton. “Those who speak out are persecuted.”

Campaign coordinator Innocent Nkung said, “We have proof of the danger people face. Those who were deported forcibly last month have ended up in prisons and detention centres.”

An important tribunal in London on 28 March is to hear comprehensive evidence of the dangerous situation facing those deported back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Campaigners are not deterred. “To coincide with the tribunal hearing we are organising marches and protests in Glasgow, London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham,” said Innocent.

“We want to stop all deportations to the Congo.”

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Sat 10 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2041
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