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Asylum rights

Issue No. 1812

SUPPORTERS OF three campaigns against deportation protested outside the Home Office on Thursday of last week. The campaigns called a joint protest to draw attention to threats to deport three families.

Farid and Feriba Ahmad, asylum seekers from Afghanistan, were removed from sanctuary in a mosque in Lye, West Midlands, last week after police and immigration officers smashed their way in during an early morning raid. The Ahmads and their two young children, Seera and Hadia, now face removal to Germany-from where they fled last year having suffered racist persecution. If they are returned to Germany they will almost certainly be sent back to Afghanistan. They are currently held in Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow.

Aziz Ahmed, a refugee from Pemba, east Africa, has been in detention for over a year in different British detention centres, including Yarls Wood and Harmondsworth. On 13 June last year Aziz and his wife, Husna, and four year old daughter, Asya, went to Lunar House in Croydon, where Aziz claimed asylum for all of them. They were all fingerprinted and photographed. Aziz was then separated from his wife and child, and taken for his immigration interview. He has not seen or heard from them since. Have they been quietly deported or abducted? Who knows? Aziz has been locked up since then and unable to search for them.

Yurdurgal Ay, a Kurdish woman from Turkey, and her four children are fighting deportation from Britain. The Home Office sent her husband back to Germany, supposedly a 'safe third country', some time ago. On 11 May German officials deported him to Istanbul in Turkey. Since then there has been no news of him. Yurdurgal Ay and her children are now held at Dungavel in Scotland


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Sat 10 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1812
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