Deportation Union: Rights, accountability and the EU’s push to increase forced removals

21 August 2020 — Statewatch

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Deportation Union provides a critical examination of recently-introduced and forthcoming EU measures designed to increase the number of deportations carried out by national authorities and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex. It focuses on three key areas: attempts to reduce or eliminate rights and protections in the law governing deportations; the expansion and interconnection of EU databases and information systems; and the increased budget, powers and personnel awarded to Frontex.

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Drama on the tarmac: US judge foils secret deportation to Israel By Ali Abunimah

7 June 2019 — Electronic Intifada

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Abdelhaleem Ashqar, with his wife Asma, spoke with reporters in Washington, 16 December 2004, about his candidacy for president of the Palestinian Authority. Ashqar would later face more than a decade of imprisonment and persecution by US authorities for refusing to testify before grand juries. Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP Photo

On Wednesday morning, a private jet chartered by the US government landed in Tel Aviv.

On board was Abdelhaleem Ashqar, a Palestinian business professor who ran for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority in 2005.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were attempting to secretly deport him to Israel, which would then transfer him to the West Bank.

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Isa Muazu and the Perversion of Refugee Law By Akwesi Shaddai

17 December 2013 — New Left Project

Just as British wars abroad are justified by spurious claims about concern for human rights, it seems that the battle for rights at home has itself already been lost. It is well known that on-going conflicts throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and elsewhere have resulted in millions being displaced from their country of origin. However, when those fortunate enough to flee persecution arrive in the UK, they are often faced with the prospect of indefinite detention, followed by a fast-track evaluation system that leads to deportation in 99% of cases. Continue reading

Family Sues G4S For Killing Angolan Deportee By Pratap ChatterjeeFamily Sues G4S For Killing Angolan Deportee By Pratap Chatterjee

10 July 2013 — Corpwatch Blog

United Families & Friends Campaign rally. Photo by 4WardEver UK. Used under Creative Commons license.

The family of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan refugee in the UK, has brought a civil lawsuit against G4S, the world’s largest private security company. Mubenga died on October 12, 2010 while being restrained by G4S guards who were hired to help deport him from the country.

Mubenga lived in the UK for 16 years but was convicted for involvement in a pub fight. He was then deported by the UK Border Authority (UKBA) under laws that allow non-citizens to be kicked out of the country if they are sentenced to prison.

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GazaFriends: 21 still detained and refusing to sign false statements

7 November 2011 — Witness Gaza

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[RAMALLAH] Of the 27 human rights defenders captured during Israel’s illegal takeover of the Freedom Waves to Gaza vessels on Friday, 4 November, 20 remain in Givon prison and the whereabouts of one is unknown.

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Imperial Massacres By Alexander Cockburn

21 October 2011 — CounterpunchCounterPunch Diary—

Denied post mortem imagery of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the world now has at its disposal photographs of Muammar Qaddafi, dispatched with a bullet to the head after being wounded by NATO’s ground troops outside Sirte. Did the terminal command, Finish Him Off, come via cell phone from the US State Department whose Secretary, Hillary Clinton, had earlier called for his death, or by dint of local initiative?

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PCHR Condemns IOF Pursuit of International Human Rights Defenders in the West Bank

8 February 2010 — Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Press Release Ref: 07/2010

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the continued persecution of international human rights defenders in the West Bank by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) and the deportation of international activists from the country.  PCHR is concerned about such measures, as they aim to expel international witnesses of human rights violations perpetrated by IOF against Palestinian civilians during peaceful protests against the construction of the Annexation Wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 03:00 on Sunday, 07 February 2010, IOF moved into the cities of Ramallah and al-Bireh. They stormed an apartment building in al-Bireh in which a number of international human rights defenders live.  After checking the visas in their passports, IOF arrested Ariadna Jove Marti, 24, a Spanish journalist, and Bridgette Chappell, 25, an Australian student at Bir Zeit University, and took them to Ofer Prison, pending their deportation from the county, citing their expired visas as the reason.  The two women are activists in the International Solidarity Movement. An Israeli military spokesman claimed that the women are “known for being involved in illegal riots that obstruct Israeli security operations.”

The detention of these two activists from an area controlled by the Palestinian National Authority is part of an IOF campaign against Palestinian and international human rights defenders in the West Bank, aiming to silence voices of Palestinians and hinder internationals from witnessing Israeli violations of human rights in the West Bank.  It is worth noting that IOF have denied international human rights defenders access to the Gaza Strip for several years in order to prevent them from observing serious human rights violations, especially the humanitarian crisis of the Palestinian civilian population due to the ongoing illegal siege imposed on Gaza.

PCHR deeply appreciates the role played by international human rights defenders and solidarity activists, and:

  1. Reiterates its condemnation of the IOF’s persecution, and, in some cases, deportation, of Palestinian and international human rights defenders;
  2. Calls upon the international community to assume its responsibilities with regard to war crimes and serious human rights violations perpetrated by IOF in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; and
  3. Recommends that international civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, bar associations and international solidarity groups, become more involved in the process of locating suspected Israeli war criminals and urge their governments to prosecute them.

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For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8 2824776 – 2825893
PCHR, 29 Omer El Mukhtar St., El Remal, PO Box 1328 Gaza, Gaza Strip. E-mail:, Webpage

Iraq: Release Hassan Ahmad and grant him asylum in the UK


Name: Hassan Ahmed, Date of Birth: 17/03/1974
Home Office Ref: A1060342

Hassan is an active member of the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees. He is currently detained in Doncaster IRC and awaiting deportation also Hassan has been a member of the Worker Communist Party of Iraq since 1993. The Worker Communist Party of Iraq is a banned organisation in Iraq and Kurdistan. Its members both at home and abroad are persecuted by the Kurdish and Iraq security forces. Hassan’s life will be in danger if he is deported back to the Kurdish area of Iraq. Hassan has lived in the UK for nine years during this time he has been an active campaigner for International Federation of Iraqi Refugees and helped many refugees integrate into the UK.

Before he left Iraq Hassan was a member of a theatre company in Iraq and performed in a number of plays in the town of Halabja and other towns across the Kurdish region. The theatre productions were often controversial and critical of both the Kurdish authorities and Islam which lead to Hassan being detained by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in 1997. Hassan was also threatened by the Islamic Movement in Kurdistan of Iraq-IMIK (because of his theatre work) who shot at him. Hassan became well known as an actor, theatre worker and party member of the WCPI across the Kurdish region.

Hassan was forced to leave Iraq after trying to help a women friend (Sonia). Sonia’s father tried to give her away to pay off his gambling debts. Hassan interceded and stopped her father from doing this. Sonia’s father subsequently reported Hassan to IMIK who tried to shoot him. Sonia committed suicide

If Hassan is returned to the Kurdish region of Iraq he will be under threat from both the PUK and Sonia’s family who believe he harmed the honour of their family when he stopped her father giving her away. Hassan has lived in the UK since 2001. He is unable to return to Kurdistan or anywhere else in Iraq for fear of his life and persecution. Please help us stop this deportation.

Please sign the petition:
and please send support letters to:

Ministers of State for Borders and Immigration
3rd Floor, Peel Buildings,
2 Marsham St
London SW1 4DF
Fax: 020 8760 3132

Dashty Jamal
International Federation of Iraqi Refugees