Mehdi (home office number M1401348) is being forcibly deported tomorrow morning on British Airways flight number 572. Medhi’s full story is at the bottom of this email, but in summary Mehdi (prefers no second name, home office number M1401348) has lived in the North East for 5 years. He came to the UK from Iran in 2003 because he faced persecution from the Iranian Police for known anti-government views. At first he lived in Hendon, Sunderland during which time he met Claire, a British Citizen, who is now his wife. After his first claim was refused he was denied support, was made destitute and became homeless as he was not allowed to work and did not want to return to Iran. Because of this Claire invited him to live with her and her sister in Benwell in 2004. Then, in January 2006 he and Claire moved into a house in Gateshead and on the 24th, February 2008 they were married in a mosque on Westgate Road. They were very happy. This forced removal by the Home Office aserts that the last 6 years of his life, including his happy marriage is ‘illegal’ and in doing so breaks article 8 of the human rights act, ‘respect for private and family life’.
Mehdi and Claire are being forcibly separated from each other by the Home office for these reasons. 1.Mehdi had a driving fine of £120 which he paid 2.Mehdi and Caire are not rich enough. 3.Mehdi has had his Iranian Passport confiscated and this, according to the Home Office makes him an ‘illegal’ person. 4.Their marriage is not sufficiently ‘legal’, because it is Islamic.
Responses: 1. To forcibly remove Mehdi and to continue keeping him and Claire apart breaks Article 8 of the human rights act on ‘respect for private and family life’. Additionally, it is an inhumane and action and is essentially violent in character. It should not go ahead. 2. To continue to penalise Mehdi for a driving offence for which he has already been punished is unjust and petty when compared to the importance of family life. 3. Through treating Mehdi as ‘illegal’ for having no papers the Home Office is effectively cooperating with the discredited Iranian Regime in forcing Mehdi into the condition of being destitute and outside of the protection of the Law. 4. If Mehdi were regularised then he would be allowed to work and their income would double. Mehdi has actually been offered full time work upon his regularisation and this offer will stand until he can take it up. 5. Refusing to accept their marriage because it is not Christian and consequently annulling their 5 year long relationship is an offense to the multi-ethnic society in which we live.
WE NEED TO ACT QUICKLY RING THE AIRLINE DEMANDING TO KNOW WHY THEY ARE FORCIBLY DEPORTING A VULNERABLE MAN > British Airways – UK > General Enquires Tel:0870 850 9 850 > Customer Relations Tel:0870 850 9 850 > Customer Relations Fax:+44 (0)20 8759 4314 > You could also contact Heathrow directly – fax 0208 7454700, phone 0208 7454705 > > Phone Duty Immigration Officer at Heathrow on 02087456941 and ask to log your concerns about the removal. They may pass you back to North Shields > immigration reporting centre. Different departments tend to pass the buck to each other. As many departments that are aware of this the better. > > Please send urgent faxes/Emails immediately to Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for the Home Office asking that Medhi (M1401348)) be granted protection in the UK. Fax: 020 7035 4745 (+44 20 7035 4745 if you are faxing from outside UK) > > Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org > > and Lin Homer, chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency. > Lin Homer Tel 020 7035 1678 Fax 0870 3369050 > email@example.com We are worried about his mental health and for his safety and the safety of other passengers should he be forced onto the flight.
MEDHI’S STORY Mehdi (prefers no second name, home office number M1401348) has lived in the North East for 5 years. He came to the UK from Iran in 2003 because he faced persecution from the Iranian Police for known anti-government views. At first he lived in Hendon, Sunderland during which time he met Claire, a British Citizen, who is now his wife. After his first claim was refused he was denied support, was made destitute and became homeless as he was not allowed to work and did not want to return to Iran. Because of this Claire invited him to live with her and her sister in Benwell in 2004. Then, in January 2006 he and Claire moved into a house in Gateshead and on the 24th, February 2008 they were married in a mosque on Westgate Road. They were very happy. This forced removal by the Home Office aserts that the last 6 years of his life, including his happy marriage is ‘illegal’ and in doing so breaks article 8 of the human rights act, ‘respect for private and family life’. In difficult circumstances and under pressure from both the UK Home Office and the Iranian Government, Claire and Mehdi have done everything they can to regularize their marriage. In May 2008, on advice from their solicitor, they went together to the British embassy in Iran as they were told this was the only way that Mehdi could get a visa. Upon arrival, Mehdi had his passport confiscated. The Iranian authorities said someone had been using his identity to travel in and out of the country. He was told he cold not leave Iran until they had finished the investigation. Claire had to return to the UK after a month and in June the Home Office decide that Mehdi did not qualify for a visa for two reasons. A) Because of a £120 driving fine which Mehdi had paid off in one instalment. B) Because Claire does not earn enough money. These are not just reasons for declaring that a happy marriage and a 5 year relationship as ‘illegal’. During the Iranian elections of 2009, Mehdi faced more persecution and was called a spy. Claire was not able to contact him for 3 weeks and they were both worried for his safety. As he had no passport to use he decided that the best way he could be safely reunited with his wife would be to travel without papers to the UK. He has travelled through Turkey, Greece, Italy and France, having to sleep rough and being detained along the way. He eventually arrived back in the UK in late September 2009 where he called Claire from Oakington removals centre. The Home Office has since detained him for neary 60 days despite Claire positively identifying him and attempting to provide papers to show his entire case history from 2003 including their trip to Iran. However under the much criticised Dublin II convention the Home office say they are obliged to remove him to Italy without considering his new claim. Yesterday he was taken from Lindholme Immigration Removal Centre in Doncaster to Heathrow where the home office intends to deport him on Thursday morning. The flight is British Airways flight number 0572 from Terminal Number 5 to Milan at 07.30. He is now in a room with no windows in Heathrow Airport which he describes as being ‘like a police cell’. The reasons the Home Office have given for deportation are as follows. A) Because he has no passport. B) Because they assert that Islamic marriages are not accepted in UK law. Claire has provided a statement as to his history, his previous file, their marriage certificate, her birth certificate and also her passport with the visa she used to enter Iran to back up their story. However, their sollicitor has not forwarded the papers and states that she cannot appeal the forced return of Mehdi to Italy under the Dublin II convention. The Home Office is apparently conducting this violence ‘legally’. Claire also says that when Mehdi tried to send her the deportation letter, the guards at Lindholme Removals Centre would not let him use the fax machine. ‘They are just being horrible at the moment’, she said. Claire states that Mehdi is ‘in no fit state’ to be forcibly returned to Italy. He will be detained further upon arrival; he does not speak Italian, has no money or clothes and most importantly will be even further separated from his wife. There is no reason to assume that he will be justly treated by the Italian Immigration system as he remains without a passport. In addition to this Mehdi should be given the right to choose where he applies for asylum and the right to a family life should be respected.