Charles Atangana has been detained and currently being held at Pennine House, Manchester Airport awaiting deportation tomorrow. Charles is a well known asylum seeker activist, member of the NUJ journalists' union and long-term volunteer at the Parkhead Citizens Advice Bureau in Glasgow.
His Home Office reference number is HO Ref A1227296.
Charles has removals directions set for Tuesday 29 June. He was detained on Friday 27 June at 5pm at the Home Office reporting centre in Glasgow while they organised transport to take him to Pennine House in Manchester.
Charles is from Cameroon. He arrived in the UK in May 2004. He has been in the UK for over six years. During this time Charles has played a significant role in the local community both as a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Parkhead but also as a member of the National Union of Journalists and as a union activist and with the Maryhill Integration Network.
A professional journalist and an active member of the Cameroon Journalists Trade Union (CJTU/SNJC) Charles had been arrested by the Cameroonian authorities after he wrote several articles critical of them. In detention for 40 days he was stripped naked and beaten. In Cameroon his wife has also been detained, stripped and beaten and shown an arrest warrant for Charles.
He is in great danger if he is forcibly returned to Cameroon.
1 – Email Charles directly with messages of support – email@example.com
2 – Please send emails/ letters to Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP Secretary of State for the Home Office asking that Charles be granted protection in the UK.
DOWNLOAD SAMPLE LETTER TO THERESA MAY HERE: https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ATrgqV2WwmBAZGZuenMzcDNfM2ZiaDRkdmNm&hl=en
which you can copy / amend / write your own version (if you do so, please remember to include the HO Ref A12277296 ) Fax: 020 8760 3132 (00 44 20 8760 3132 if you are faxing from outside UK
3 – Email, fax and phone, Sam Okwulehie, Group Area Manager Kenya Airways
Urge him not to carry out the forced removal of Charles, and to consider the airline's reputation. You can copy, amend or write your own version – please quote Kenya Airways flight KQ101 Tuesday 29th June 2010 at 20:00. Put as much pressure on this airline as you can, to make them consider if it's worth the hassle to continue as one of UKBA's deportation airlines.
DOWNLOAD SAMPLE LETTER TO KENYA AIRLINES HERE:
Fax: 020 8745 5027 (Or from outside the UK + 44 20 8745 5027)
Phone: 020 8759 7366 (Or from outside the UK + 44 20 8759 7366)