Despite everyone’s best efforts, phone calls, petitions, e-mails etc, to the fascist state’s UKBA, Theresa May, hypocritical Barnardo’s and cynical Egypt Air – and spirited direct action – we regret to report the family were forced on to the charter flight PVT070 to Egypt at 8am today – the flight cost you £60,000.
18th October, 6 am. UK Border Agency raids an address in Cardiff – the home of Fariman Saleh and two of her children Ibrahim and Lyali. It’s early in the morning, but the officers don’t pass unnoticed by the neighbourhood, and the friends of the family are all out in the street to protest that the family not be taken away, 20 days before a hearing date for a judicial review of Fariman’s case.
Fariman Saleh, a TV presenter from Egypt, arrived in the UK in 2007 to claim asylum after fleeing from 15 years of domestic abuse; rape in marriage is not illegal in Egypt; Fariman’s husband was never prosecuted for his crimes because of his privileged position within the Egyptian establishment. The Saleh family have been residents of Cardiff ever since and have many friends in this country. Both children are excellent students held in high regard by their teachers; Ibrahim is studying electronic engineering at college; it is unlikely that the corrupt administration in Egypt will make any attempt to save them from violent death.
While the family were staying in the UK, her husband’s impregnation of a servant led the family to threaten her children with death. In order to protect her younger daughter back in Egypt, Mrs Saleh told the UKBA that she was from Iraq; an entirely reasonable and necessary precaution under the desperate circumstances in which the family found itself. In fact the UKBA confirmed that the child’s life was in danger in Egypt by reuniting her with her mother and siblings in the UK; this has however prejudiced her claim for asylum. A court order obtained by Mrs Saleh’s husband provides that if she is found in Egypt the police are to return her to him and allow him to take her children by force; she has been threatened with honour-based violence for leaving the family home. This and other pieces of documentary evidence submitted to the UKBA by Mrs Saleh’s former solicitors are the subject of a pending data protection request by their present representatives.
Borders activists occupy Barnardo’s HQ over child detention: - London No Borders
UPDATE FROM SHROUK: “I just received a phone call from the detention centre, my mother has slit her writs and the bathroom was flooded in blood. She wrote with the blood on the walls that she only wants to save her children.”
Shroukie’s family LATEST: coach blocked for 5 hours, fingers crossed … “A judge granted an injunction then withdrew it after being contacted by UKBA (which is unlawful as they are supposed to go through a formal appeal process). They were due to leave the prison at 1.30AM. They were held up by supporters for 5 hours until 6.30AM, including one person who jumped the fence and locked themselves under the bus. Literally dozens of police vehicles, and dog teams were set on the protestors. One supporter (the locked-on person) arrested, one hospitalised.”
Fariman Saleh’s Unlawful deportation - LGBT Excellence centre
From the Save Saleh Family facebook page: - ”The solicitors are taking the matter of last night and this morning’s conduct very seriously and we are fully behind them in all their decisions. The completely unreasonable behaviour of the UKBA towards Mrs Saleh and her children should be challenged. The fight is not over yet! An enormous thank you to everyone involved, we were in touch with the family a few hours ago as they stopped in Italy to change flights. Ibrahim told us that the guards had used force against him last night.
Amazing response from everybody, we’re really thankful for all your efforts. If you have a minute, please share the following:
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Denied, detained, deported: the story of Mrs Saleh - by Lucie Jade of Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales
The fight continues – No borders, no gods, no masters!