Stop The Deportation

Updated 31 May 2022: The deportation of refugees to Erbil has been cancelled.

ESTA: SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Forced deportation of asylum seekers from the United Kingdom has been annulled, the Federation of Iraqi Refugees said on Tuesday.

“The order to forcibly deport asylum seekers has been annulled,” the Iraqi federation said, citing British refugee adviser Awan Abdulla as saying.

The federation further said no planes would be allowed to transport asylum seekers forcibly deported from the UK to Iraq without the federal government’s decision.

The federation cited an asylum seeker who is in custody in London as saying that the Home office had informed him that the decision to forcibly deport him had been revoked.

More than 60 asylum seekers, most of whom are from the Kurdistan Region, are in custody in the UK, according to the Iraqi federation. They were scheduled to be deported to Erbil on Tuesday.

On May 26, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) denied rumors that it had reached an agreement with the British government over the forced deportation of Kurdish asylum seekers.

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We in Leicester stand with Kurds in Syria

Things are changing fast. Kurds in Rojava, north eastern Syria are under attack by Turkey and its ISIS-related allies who have an interest in clearing the Kurds off their homelands, ethnic cleansing at least, genocide at worst.

The international community needs to be mobilised to dissuade Turkey from moving forward with these plans, and it needs to properly engage with Kurds in the area to support them in their struggle for survival. It is very likely that a dark scenario will remain dark.

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Reading Between the Lines – 2 October 2018

‘Reading Between the Lines’, 2 October 2018 at Y Theatre, Leicester as part of Everybody’s Reading Festival. Many thanks to Steve Sweeney Sarya Tunc, Gaylan NazhadHannah James and Grace Petrie for their contributions to the evening

Steve Sweeney from ‘Morning Star’ and Gaylan Nazhad photographer of ‘101 Beads: Kurdistan in War’ spoke inspiringly about their own experiences of reporting in difficult circumstances. We also heard about the work of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Hannah James and Grace Petrie added to the theme with their own songs.

This was a very interesting evening – it’s not necessarily the news you hear about … often there is much more information that does not come to mainstream attention to protect private interest and Government agendas.

The evening was supported by Everybody’s Reading Festival, and Leicester NUT – many thanks to them also, and to the Y Theatre.