Yarl’s Wood detainees resist Nigeria/Ghana mass deportation charter flight – unlawful deportation prevented

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In Yarl’s Wood detention centre new battles in the fight for women’s rights and immigrant rights have been opening up, with women taking all means necessary, encouraged and more confident having seen the government’s hostile environment immigration policy exposed and vulnerable, and having been part of the struggles that made it vulnerable through months of collective action inside Yarl’s Wood.

In Yarl’s Wood on Wednesday 30 May 2018, women gathered in Dove unit to defend Nigerian and Ghanaian women whom they knew to be the latest targets for a mass deportation charter flight. This action to stop deportations took place in the context of the Government’s wider, self-inflicted crisis over its anti-immigrant policies. It takes the fight to end detention and the whole hostile environment to a higher level and asserts the importance of immigrant leadership in this fight.

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Diaspora+ Day of Action Calling on Nigerian & Ghanaian Governments to Stop Wednesdays Charter Flight!

Day of Action for Nigerian and Ghanaian Diaspora community and ALL those who want to see an end to charter flights to demand that Nigeria and Ghana withdraw all co-operation with the UK’s mass deportation charter flights – that they intervene to STOP the charter flight to Nigeria & Ghana scheduled for Wednesday 30th May 2018

Tuesday is the last full working day before the Home Office fill a charter flight with Nigerians and Ghanaians. those being removed are shackled by their hands and feet with a restraint belt and two guards for each person. These are women and men, some of whom have lived in the UK since childhood, fathers of British children, grandmothers and partners who have no one left in their country of origin, people who have lived in the UK for 15 years, victims of torture, LGBT people and more. Charter flights inflict a deep injustice on our communities. Deportation targets are put before human beings and many are denied due process, deported while their case is still ongoing. THESE CHARTER FLIGHTS MUST STOP!

In the light of the abuse and deportation of the Windrush Generation it is time for Commonwealth countries to withdraw co-operation with these unjust flights.

TAKE ACTION ON TUESDAY 29 MAY:
Everyone can use Tuesday to call/email/tweet/Instagram/Facebook the High Commissions, newspapers, radio stations,  TV stations, celebrities and politicians to make the call on the Nigerian and Ghanaian governments to withdraw cooperation – if they do this the planes will not fly. Continue reading “Diaspora+ Day of Action Calling on Nigerian & Ghanaian Governments to Stop Wednesdays Charter Flight!”

Meet Yarl’s Wood detainees the Home Office plans to deport on Wed 30 May by charter flight #StopCharterFlights

These are stories of the 15 people we know of in Yarl’s Wood who are at risk of being on Wednesday’s charter flight to Nigeria and Ghana. They include people who have lived in the UK for 17, 15, 14, 13 and 12 years, a gay woman who has been here since she was 12 years old, two couples, several victims of FGM, domestic violence, rape and torture, women who are married or partners with British Citizens and EEA nationals, people who are carers, people who have no one left in Nigeria and people ranging in age from 20’s to 50’s.

1. FA: I have lived in UK since Feb 2006, 17 years. I am a victim of domestic violence, FGM and suffering from high blood pressure which is classified by the Home Office as adult risk level 2. I have been detained in Yarl’s Wood for 7 months. When I first came to the UK with was with my previous husband (a British Citizen) on a spousal visa, I suffered from domestic violence for years, which was deeply traumatic, and when that relationship broke down it meant my right to stay broke as well. I now have a loving partner with EEA citizenship, we have been together for 6 years and living together for 3 but no matter what evidence we submit we are treated as liars. My only sister lives in the UK, we are very close and I love my young nephew very much, I would be devastated to leave them and my partner. We are all treated as liars, no matter what we say, the Home Office is just looking to meet its targets, it is wrong.

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EMERGENCY Demonstration to Stop Charter Flight to Nigeria and Ghana

Call for Nigerian diaspora community to demand Nigeria withdraw co-operation with these racist, unjust mass deportations.

What you can do:
1. Call, email, Facebook & tweet at the Nigeria High Commission…

Make the point about how Commonwealth citizens of the Windrush Generation have been treated, how many were deported on charter flights? How many Nigerian Students were part of the 50,000 expelled by Theresa May? How many mothers, fathers, grandmothers have been deported on charter flights? How often Britain is returning people whove lived their whole lives since childhood in the UK. It has to stop. Read this petition and statement by Nigerian women in Yarlswood in 2015 who successfully resisted the November charter flight ‘Nigeria Where Is Your Backbone?’

High Commissioners Secretariat: Mrs H. Taddy, 0207 839 1244, hc@nigeriahc.org.uk

Head of Political (Commonwealth Affairs): Mrs I. Effiong-Archibongg, 02078391244,

political@nigeriahc.org.uk

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