Monday, April 19, 2010

Save Anselme Noumbiwa

Anselme Noumbiwa has been detained on 14 April 2010 and is in great danger of being deported on a so-called “charter flight” to Cameroon on Wednesday 21 April 2010.We cannot rely on the Icelandic ash to keep him in the relative safety of Colnbrook Detention Centre forever.

He should not be detained or deported because he is still waiting for the medico-legal report of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Torture Victims to submit as evidence for his claim for asylum. As always the government is in unseemly haste to remove someone before they have had the chance to have a proper hearing.

Anselme fled Cameroon in 2006 because on the death of his father, the village Chief, he was expected to 'marry' his father's wives. He suffered brutal treatment at the hands of the village notables when he would not adhere to tribal traditions, preferring instead to identify himself with Christian ethics.

The Home Office has accepted his story, but he was told that he could relocate within Cameroon and would be safe. This is not the case, as the influence of powerful members of his tribe reaches beyond the area where he lived. If he is sent back to Cameroon, he will be in mortal danger. He must be allowed to stay in the UK.

Please urgently fax the Home Secretary your support for Anselme to have his removal cancelled. Always quote the Home Office reference number N1126839. You can download the model letter here

Send by fax or email to: Alan Johnson MP (Home Secretary)
Fax: 020 8760 3132 (00 44 20 8760 3132 if you are faxing from outside UK)


For updates you can follow him on twitter (from the detention centre) or visit the NCADC website.

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