Moises Bento Chipema is a 35 year old Angolan man who came to Britain in 2005.
Moises had suffered persecution and serious threats to his life as a result of a 2002 provincial conflict between a Diamond company (of which Moises was an employee) and the Chokwe tribe. The conflict led to the deaths of two close friends and the assurance that he would also be killed.
Subsequent raids of his house by local militia forced Moises into hiding, eventually fleeing through fear of his life.
Recently his appeal to stay in the UK was turned down which signalled the culmination of a five year campaign where Moises has been forced to relive harrowing and tragic memories. He is now in detention and set to return to a country where he faces real and dangerous threats.
Forcing him to leave the UK could be seen as a breach of the ‘freedom not to be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’ granted to every human being under Article 3, and the ‘right to liberty and security’ granted under Article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
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