There was a lively protest in Cardiff on Thursday of last week against the deportation of asylum seekers to Zimbabwe.
As Aled Edwards, chair of the Welsh Refugee Council, said, “We have Live8 focusing the world’s attention on Africa — but how can Tony Blair and his government continue sending people back to Zimbabwe where their lives are almost certainly in danger?”
Nigerian biochemistry student Courage Idiagbonya was arrested in the library of Newcastle University on Friday of last week.
He was facing deportation as Socialist Worker went to press — despite the fact that his case has not yet been heard. As a student leader in Nigeria, Courage was involved with movements opposing the current government.
He sought asylum after he received death threats. If forced to return he faces immediate detention by the Nigerian authorities.
The Sukula family from Bolton fled the Congo over three years ago. Their claim for asylum in Britain has been recently rejected.
The British immigration court accepted that the family had been threatened and that Ngiedi, the mother, was beaten unconscious by government soldiers but concluded that, as this “only happened once” it did not “meet the criteria for persecution”.
Bolton NUT teachers’ union has launched a campaign.
Barry Conway and Jason Travis, Bolton NUT
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