REFUGEE CRISIS IN CALAIS ESCALATING
Last week we released our latest report on the state of the refugee crisis in Northern France, with some very disturbing findings. Most concerning is that refugees, mostly minors, continue to arrive daily to the Calais area and the situation is becoming more critical every day. We still need your help more than ever.
With the devastating news that the transfer of minors to the UK has halted, and the broken promise that those who willingly went to French welcome centres would not be deported under the 'Dublin’ system, distraught refugees have nowhere left to turn but the cold streets of Paris or the lost hope of Calais. They are therefore returning to conditions that are now worse than the Jungle ever was, as sleeping rough means night after night in sub-zero temperatures with no running water, sanitation, cooking or washing facilities.
What does our report show?
Just one element of our work includes taking food and aid daily to around 70 people sleeping rough in the Calais area. Many of these are children who have run away from the French centres after learning that they won’t be taken in by the UK. Given that these refugees are in hiding, it’s reasonable to assume that there are many that we have not yet found. Here in Calais night time temperatures are dropping to minus four and we are extremely concerned for their welfare. Just last week the French police came along and blocked up the place where they were sheltering so that they could not access their belongings or sleeping bags and blankets.
With the situation deteriorating every day, we desperately need both new and old volunteers to join our team. Could this be you? Whether you can offer a day, a week or come as a long-term helper there are many key jobs that urgently need support…
Thank you for your continued support,
Clare Moseley. Founder, Care4Calais
READ THE FULL REPORT HERE
DONATE TO CARE4CALAIS HERE
HOME OFFICE STILL SET TO UNLAWFULLY REMOVE MANCHESTER NURSE DIANNE NGOZA FROM THE UK TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY)
Immigration Minister fails to respond to MP Lucy Powell's concerns about Dianne – the MP will now seek a meeting with him before tomorrow. She says Dianne's case is "particularly harsh" and "is not showing our country in its best light"
The Home Office has also failed to respond to Dianne's solicitor who is now preparing to lodge judicial review proceedings
Her solicitor is becoming increasingly concerned about Dianne's weight loss due to the lack of a proper diet in Yarl's Wood - but the detention centre has denied her access to a medical practitioner
Thousands of supporters have written letters and signed a 38 Degrees petition on her behalf and are now lobbying Kenya Airways asking them not to fly Dianne out of the UK
The Home Office is still attempting to unlawfully remove Manchester nurse and human rights campaigner Dianne Ngoza from the UK. She is booked on a Kenya Airways flight from Heathrow tomorrow at 5.25pm.
Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill has received hundreds of emails from Dianne's supporters – including one sent with signed permission from Dianne for the Home Office to share information with that person. There has been no response.
The Home Office has been unable to explain to Dianne, her MP, her solicitor or her many supporters why they are attempting to unlawfully remove her, via Kenya to Zambia. She does not have a Zambian passport and fresh evidence in her human rights application for leave to remain in the UK has still to be considered.
The Minister has also failed to respond to MP Lucy Powell's concerns about Dianne – despite repeated requests from the Manchester Central MP's office. Lucy Powell has now asked to speak directly with the Minister before any removal directions take place.
She said: “I am very concerned about Dianne's case and have written to the Minister to ask for his personal intervention.
“I am very concerned that the decision was taken not to allow Dianne to submit an appeal from within the UK and then that it was decided to detain and remove her.
“To be immediately detained and not allowed to appeal the decision is a measure usually only reserved for terrorists or people putting the public at risk so for a lady in her position whose health is now suffering it is particularly harsh.
'This case is not showing our country in its best light.
“The decision to refuse to allow Dianne to make an appeal in country is an exceptionally harsh and unfair decision which I cannot understand. I think that this case warrants the personal intervention of the Minister to allow Dianne to be released and to make an appeal so that all of the facts in her case can be independently considered.
“Given that the current removal directions are still in place, I am concerned that the reply to my representations will be sent too late for me to raise any further issues and as a result I have requested to speak directly with the minister before any removal directions take place.”
Dianne's solicitor Mervyn Cross, of Duncan Lewis, sent a letter before action to the Home Office giving them a deadline of 10am yesterday (Monday) to respond. He has received nothing from them and will now lodge judicial review proceedings.
Mr Cross and Dianne's many friends and supporters have become increasingly worried about her weight loss and lack of a proper vegan diet in Yarl's Wood. The detention centre has also refused to allow her essential moisturiser for her skin. Mr Cross advised Dianne to attend the detention health care centre and request a Rule 35 report. This report is conducted by a medical practitioner who advises the Home Office on whether a person's mental and physical health would be severely affected by detention.
Mr Cross has been informed that the detention centre has refused to allow this. “The refusal to conduct the Rule 35 is a clear breach of the detention policy,” he said. “We have advised Dianne to complain to a GP about her weight loss and poor diet. However we understand that the GP only comes in on Saturdays.”
In the two weeks Dianne has been in Yarl's Wood, her rights have been consistently violated.
The Home Office are denying her the right to due process. She submitted fresh evidence in her case before she was detained and this must be considered before she is removed from the UK. The Home Office is also attempting to remove her without a Zambian passport.
She has been denied the right to proper food and essential moisturiser for her skin. She was only given her own clothes and clothes her friends took in for her yesterday (Monday). Instead she was left wearing clothes which were several sizes too big for her.
She is now being denied the right to see a medical practitioner so a Rule 35 report can be conducted. This is despite her loss of weight and increasing concerns for her health.
Dianne came to this country on a work permit in 2002 and has worked with a large number of church groups, refugee and community organisations, and trade unionists in Manchester. She is widely known and very well liked and respected. Her supporters have been shocked by her treatment and the fact that their very real concerns about Dianne are being ignored.
For more information, contact RAPAR Press Officer Kath Grant on 07758386208 or Dr Rhetta Moran, of RAPAR, on 07776264646
29th November 2016
STOP THE UNLAWFUL REMOVAL OF DIANNE NGOZA ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30th
PHONE, EMAIL AND FAX KENYA AIRWAYS AND TELL THEM THAT DIANNE MUST NOT BE FORCED ONTO ONE OF THEIR PLANES
Friends and campaigners from all over the country have sent letters of support for Dianne to the Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill asking him to stop her unlawful removal from the UK.
Letters have also gone to Members of Parliament including Dianne's own MP Lucy Powell (Manchester Central).
Despite this, Dianne remains detained in Yarl's Wood and is due to be forcibly removed on a flight to Kenya from Heathrow Airport at 5.25pm on Wednesday, November 30th.
We are asking supporters to send as many emails and faxes as possible to Kenya Airways in the 24 hours before the date and time set by the Home Office for Dianne's removal. You can also phone the airline.
Emails, faxes and phone calls should point out that Dianne is being forcibly and unlawfully removed. She has a pending human rights application for leave to remain in the UK. The Home Office is obliged to consider all the evidence in her case before making any attempt to remove her from this country.
Dianne does not have a passport for either Kenya or Zambia. Please make this clear in your email to Kenya Airways.
Dianne has been booked on Kenya Airways Flight KQ1012 which leaves at 5.25pm from Heathrow to Nairobi on Wednesday 30th November. She is then booked on a connecting flight KQ5862 from Kenya to Ndola in Zambia.
EMAIL/PHONE/FAX KENYA AIRWAYS FROM TOMORROW NOON (TUESDAY, 29th NOVEMBER) AND ALL DAY ON WEDNESDAY 30th NOVEMBER TO SAY THAT DIANNE MUST NOT LEAVE THE UK. THE MORE EMAILS, PHONE CALLS AND FAXES THEY RECEIVE IN THE DAY LEADING UP TO THE FLIGHT THE BETTER. THIS KIND OF ACTION HAS WORKED IN THE PAST. PLEASE TRY TO FIND SOME TIME TO HELP KEEP DIANNE WITH HER DAUGHTER AND ALL THEIR FRIENDS IN THE UK.
Email Mbuvi Ngunze, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive of Kenya Airways, email@example.com
and tell him why Dianne must not fly. You can use this model letter here
Other details for Kenya Airways:
Kenya Airways London - Main Office
World Business Centre 1 Third Floor
1208 Newall Road
Tel : +44 20 82831800
Fax: +44 020 8283 1880
Room 2543, Mezzanine Floor,
Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport
Mddx TW6 3YD
Tel (Emergencies only): +44 020 8759 7366
Fax: +44 020 8745 5027
You can also continue to write to the Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill and the Home Secretary Amber Rudd but please give priority to contacting Kenya Airlines.
MANY THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT - PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW
CLICK HERE FOR THE MODEL LETTER TO KENYA AIRWAYS
24th November 2016