Oppose deportations to Iran!

Submitted by Matthew on 4 May, 2011 - 12:40

Six Iranian refugees are now in their fifth week of a hunger strike to demand asylum in the UK and protest against mistreatment by the Home Office.

On Friday 6 May supporters will march to the Home Office in Westminster to demand fair treatment for refugees.

The six were tortured and imprisoned for their involvement in opposition to the Iranian regime. But despite clear evidence of this, the Home Office has refused to let them stay in the UK.

Facing deportation, they took drastic action: four of them have sewn their mouths together in protest; by Friday all will have gone 32 days without food. They have been camping outside the UK Border Agency (UKBA) headquarters in Croydon, and Amnesty International in Clerkenwell.

Their case highlights the rotten state of UK asylum policy. Rather than support refugees, the UK Border Agency operates a systematic policy of disbelief: ignore, confuse, use every legal loophole to refuse asylum claims and keep the numbers down.

The hunger strikers will be on the march in wheelchairs. Bring banners, drums, music, and passion.

This demo is called by the hunger strikers and by supporters including members of No Border Network, Stop Deportations Network, SOAS Detainee Support and Cambridge Migrant Solidarity Group. http://bit.ly/lfVF8i

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