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Support Isa! Stop Detention!

The Unity Centre have posted this updated info on how to support Isa. They are asking people to redouble their efforts over the next day.  We’ll repost info here as we are able.

Release Isa Now


Solidarity with Isa Muazu helps buy some more time!

Via Unity following on from yesterday’s post:

ISA’s FLIGHT TONIGHT CANCELLED: This has been confirmed. Isa was given fresh removal directions for Friday 29 November on a specially chartered private flight EDC684 to Abjua at 8am. This flight is being organised by a charter company based in East Kilbride, Scotland. Their details are:

Air Charter Scotland Ltd, 7 Colvilles Place, Kelvin Industrial Estate, East Kilbride, Glasgow, G75 0PZ.
Sales Tel: 01355 590 300
Sales E-mail: info@aircharterscotland.com
Operations Tel: 01357 578 161
Operations E-mail: operations@aircharterscotland.com
Fax: 01355 590 303.

An urgent action appeal will be going out tonight. UNITY!


The unprecedented pressure that everyone has been able to bring to bare so far has been instrumental in getting this delay. The Home Office are wanting to transport Isa with a medical team, in effect admitting that he is not fit to travel and that the government just want rid of him so he doesn’t die in detainment. We need to keep up the pressure over the next couple of days. Here are some photos from today’s solidarity demonstration:









Repost: Don’t let Isa fly!

From Unity:

Isa Muazu (Home Office Reference A1464395) came to the UK in 2007 on a visitor’s visa. He was detained and put on the Fast Track process in Harmondsworth Detention Centre on July 25th 2013, when he applied for asylum.

Isa cannot return to his native Nigeria: hard-line Islamist group Boko Haram have already killed several members of his family and he fears that if he returns his life too would be in danger.

Isa has been on hunger strike in protest at his treatment whilst in detention for almost three months. He is now dangerously ill. Last week a judge refused to release him from detention because the Home Office had issued him removal directions even though Isa is too sick to move from his mattress on the floor.

The Home Office plan to forcibly remove Isa on Wednesday 27th November at 22.20 on Virgin Atlantic flight VS651.

The Home Office are refusing to release Isa because they believe he is deliberately starving himself for trivial reasons. Last week they drew up an “End-of Life” plan with Isa including helping him to write his will. The Home Office have hardened their stance towards hunger strikers in detention since releasing four men on medical grounds earlier this year.

Isa has been clear- he started his protest because the food he was being given in the detention centre exacerbated several related medical conditions he suffers from. Since then he has widened his protest to include the way he has been treated within the detention centre since beginning the strike.

Members of Unity have been supporting Isa since before he started his hunger strike. The Home Office have now issued Isa removal directions to return him to Nigeria before he dies in the detention centre.

Isa is not fit enough to survive being returned to Nigeria. He is extremely weak from not eating. He is finding it hard to see or to walk. If he is returned to Nigeria there is a strong possibility that he may die. The Home Office have acknowledged this fact by stating they will deport him with a medical team if necessary.

What you can do:

1.     Lobby Virgin Atlantic

We need to put pressure on Virgin Atlantic not to fly Isa. Please use the template letter to ask Virgin not to co-operate with the Home Office’s plans to remove Isa to his potential death in Nigeria.

Email: special_assistance@fly.virgin.com
Tel: 0844 811 0000
Facebook Page
Comment on their Blog here (requires Facebook connection to comment)

Template Letter to AIRLINE

2. Contact Theresa May, Home Secretary

Ask her to exercise her discretionary powers to stop Isa Muazu’s flight. A model letter is below. You can copy, amend or write your own version and add your address at the top – if you do please remember to include Isa Muazu’s Home Office Ref A1464395, and the Virgin Atlantic flight number VS651 from Heathrow and the flight’s date and time- Wednesday 27th November 22.20hrs.

Teresa May is already under pressure from MPs and members of the House of Lords for the new hard-line stance being taken by her department. as can be seen in these recent pieces from the Independent and Politics.co.uk.

Tel: 020 7219 5206
Fax: 020 7219 1145
By Email: mayt@parliament.uk
Or: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Sing the online petition at Change.org

Template Letter to Home Office Secretary

3. Contact your own MP and ask them to do something

Please contact your MP to ask them to contact Teresa May and the Home Office on behalf of Isa. Info on how to do so can be found here.

 4. Join the protest!

Come out the the UKBA Reporting Centre on Brand Street at 3pm on Wednesday the 27th of November where supporters will gather to protest against Isa’s  treatment. If you can’t be there then let folks know and share the facebook event.

RELEASE ISA MUAZU NOW - Don't let Isa die in detention!: Release Isa from Harmondsworth IRC Immediately


Small victory for Moses

From Unity: “Moses was NOT deported last night. He is now back in Colnbrook detention centre next to Heathrow airport. He was the last passenger put on the plane with four or five security guard escorts just before the plane was due to take off. On the plane Moses refused to co-operate and after three or four minutes of struggling with his guards the pilot ordered his removal from the plane as it was disrupting the flight. Moses seems to be fine apart from a sore throat from his shouting!”

Thanks to everyone who contacted Ethiopia Airlines on behalf of Moses. We understand that there have been some problems with the Unity email address so apologies if you are having trouble contacting them. The fight to get Moses back to Glasgow continues – more as we have it.

Moses Belongs to Glasgow!


Moses Belongs to Glasgow!

24 year old Moses from Zimbabwe is facing deportation to Harare tonight at 9pm on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET701. We’re hoping his lawyer will be able to stop the flight but Moses urgently needs your help.

Moses was detained in August when going to report. Since settling in Glasgow in 2009, Moses has become an active and much loved member of his community.
Moses has played for the semi- professional rugby team Cartha Queen’s Park since 2009 after meeting their coach whilst playing in a youth league in Govanhill, as well as playing with the Glasgow Falcons basketball team. Members of his team have started petitions and last Saturday posed at the match with a banner saying ‘Moses belongs to Cartha’.

Moses started college in 2009, studying for an HNC in computing, where he met his girlfriend, Annie*, who is now training to be a nurse. Moses wanted to continue studying computing science at university but couldn’t because of his immigration status. Despite this setback, Moses has made a life for himself in Glasgow; as a devoted member of his congregation; the Glasgow Living Waters Church, as a keen sportsman, and a volunteer at the Glasgow African Caribbean Centre.

Moses came to the UK in 2008 to receive have a corneal transplant. He’s had the operation on one eye but is still waiting to get one on his other. Since being in detention he has been getting problems in the eye that has been operated on while the sight in his other eye is declining.

He claimed asylum following the escalations in violence during the elections in 2008, described by Amnesty International as an “unprecedented wave of state-sponsored human rights violations”, and the collapse in public health and service provision, which left over five million Zimbabweans were in need of food aid by the end of the year.

Although there have been some improvements in the last five years, this year’s elections show that Zimbabwe is still a dangerous and volatile. It is unclear if the situation will worsen, but with threats of further sanctions from Europe and fears that the country is on the brink of a new political crisis, it is clearly not a safe country to force people to return to. According to the BBC, not only are political strife and repression commonplace, but “poverty and unemployment are endemic”. Moses has lost contact with his family in Zimbabwe, and does not have any social links or support networks there – if he was forced to return he would be totally alone in a dangerous country with no means of supporting himself.

Moses’ health has deteriorated since being detained as he has been denied access to the treatment he needs following his corneal transplant. He needs to see his consultant but the Home Office have refused to release his from detention to attend appointments. The doctors in the detention centre have been unable to provide the specialist treatment he needs, and if the situation continues, Moses risks losing his sight.

His life is at risk in Zimbabwe, where he faces not only the danger of being persecuted by government forces, but also the threat of generalised insecurity and crippling poverty in the country, and his health will also be threatened by the lack of medical treatment available for his condition.

Moses really needs you to phone Ethiopian Airlines to ask them not to fly him tonight:

Phone: 020 8745 4234 and 020 8745 4235
Fax: 020 7747 9339 and 020 8745 7936
Email: loncto@ethiopianairlines.com, or lonapt@ethiopianairlines.com

Please make sure to quote Moses’ Home Office reference letter (MOSES MAZOMBA HO Ref M1353666) in all of your correspondence and please contact Unity to let them know you are taking action on behalf of Moses.

Moses Belongs to Glasgow!

* Annie is not her real name.


An Anarchist Call to Vote?

Nah not really. But sort of. But if you could spend a few minutes registering on a website you could help support vulnerable members of our community here in Glasgow. More after the jump. Continue reading


Don’t Tear Our Communities Apart!

Keep the Contract with Glasgow City Council!
Join the Protest:
Monday 15 November
Outside Glasgow City Chambers,
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