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Defending refugees

Issue No. 1830

ON THE anniversary of the declaration of Human Rights last Saturday, 100 asylum seekers and their supporters joined the annual 'speak-out' in Manchester. Young asylum seekers read articles from the declaration, and through poems and songs, dance and drumming showed their strength of spirit. This government excludes many asylum seekers from even the most basic rights - a home, family life, work and refuge.

Speakers from campaigns in support of refugees included Amnesty International and trade unions. A day of resistance and solidarity boosted our confidence in the teeth of government attacks on asylum seekers' rights.
Mark Krantz

AN ASYLUM seeker forcibly moved to Glasgow under the Labour government's racist 'dispersal' programme is suing the Home Office's National Asylum Support Service over its failure to protect his family. The children of Mehmet Gezer, who fled Turkish-occupied Kurdistan, were spat at and threatened with dogs within days of settling in the Toryglen area of Glasgow.

The family had to move out after racist thugs broke down the door of their flat, smashed windows and threatened to stab Mehmet's 13 year old son Ibrahim. The attack on Mehmet's home came in October of last year, just months after the murder of another Kurdish refugee from Turkey, 25 year old Firsat Yildiz Dag, on the outskirts of Glasgow's Sighthill estate.
Mark Brown, secretary Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees

Correction: last week's report on the attack on Iranian refugee Masood Gomroki in Sighthill, Glasgow, stated that it was 'likely' that the assault on Masood would lead to a sharpening of racial tensions in the community. It should have read that, as a consequence of the good work done between asylum seekers and refugees in Sighthill over the last 16 months, an increase in tensions was unlikely.

CAMPAIGNERS IN Kent are organising a public meeting in defence of refugees. They are also going over to northern France to offer support and solidarity to the people who are now denied access to the Sangatte refugee camp.

  • Public meeting, Friday 13 December, 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, The Friars, Canterbury. Support the protest, Sunday 15 December, 3pm, Town Hall, Calais. Bring tents, blankets, warm clothes, shoes and tinned food.

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    Sat 14 Dec 2002, 00:00 GMT
    Issue No. 1830
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