No Deportations to Iraq – Release the Hunger Strikers Now!
Monday, 26th Oct, 4:30-6:30pm
Demonstrate at the Home Office
2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Nearest tubes: Westminster, Victoria
source for this message: www.stopdeportation.net
Iraqi refugees locked up in Brook House and Colnbrook detention centres are on hunger strike since Monday, 19th October, to protest against their inhumane treatment and demand their immediate release. The hunger strikers include some of those who were forcibly deported to Baghdad in the first mass deportation to southern Iraq last week but were returned to the UK after the Iraqi authorities refused to accept them, as well as some who have just been given ‘removal directions’ to Iraqi Kurdistan (northern Iraq) and could be deported any time in the next couple of weeks.
Many human rights organisations and NGOs, such as the UNHCR and Amnesty International, have criticized the UK and other European governments for deporting people to a war zone like Iraq, as this clearly puts their lives in danger. Many more campaign groups, refugee organisations and MPs have condemned the cynical move, but the Home Office isn’t listening!
Having turned their country into a mess, the UK government is not only deporting Iraqi refugees to face their possible death instead of accommodating them, but is also locking up people indefinitely when it fails to deport them.
Demonstrate on Monday 26th October, from 4.30 outside the Home Office to demand the immediate release of the detainees and that deportations to Iraq are stopped.
Please send solidarity messages for the hunger strikers to IFIR@hotmail.co.uk