Migration rights campaigners have welcomed the release of Hamid Baygi, a Sheffield resident who was recently detained and threatened with deportation to his home country Iran. Hamid Baygi has lived in the UK for nearly 50 years but was detained three weeks ago by immigration officers after he visited the Immigration Service at Vulcan House. Baillor Jalloh spoke to Manuchehr of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group.
Victor Mujakachi, who was detained and set for deportation to Zimbabwe, has been given a three month reprieve following a public campaign. His solicitor has been invited to submit a fresh application for asylum with a decision to be made in three months time. Mujakachi, who has lived in the UK for over 16 years, told Sheffield Live! he has been overwhelmed at the public support he has received. Azz Mohammed reports.
A campaign has been launched to stop the deportation to Zimbabwe of asylum seeker Victor Mujakachi who has lived in Sheffield for 16 years. More than 7000 people have signed the “Free Victor Mujakachi” petition since his detention at Sheffield’s Vulcan House immigration reporting centre on Monday. Supporters say there are fears for his life if he is forced to return as he has been a prominent critic of the Zimbabwean goverment. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Demonstrations have been held in Sheffield and across the UK in support of 15 human rights activists who were convicted last week on terror offences after preventing a deportation plane from leaving Stansted airport. The Sheffield protests were held outside the Home Office building at Millsands and also marked International Migrants Day which is observed on 18 December by the United Nations. The Stansted 15 activists locked themselves around a Boeing 767 chartered to return undocumented migrants to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone and held a banner proclaiming “mass deportations kill”. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Michael Collins of the Right To Remain campaign.
Dozens staged a protest on Monday outside the Home Office South Yorkshire immigration centre at Vulcan House over the deportation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Protestors claim that representatives of the Zimbabwean government were invited to be involved in questioning asylum seekers in the UK as part of a plan to return 2500 failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. A Home Office spokesperson said: “Routine re-documentation interviews take place regularly at Home Office sites across the UK”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Campaigners have mounted a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall to protest the deportation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!