ISA’s FLIGHT TONIGHT CANCELLED: NEW FLIGHT SET FOR FRIDAY MORNING
This has been confirmed. Last night Isa was given fresh removal directions for Friday 29 November on a specially chartered private flight EDC684 to Abjua at 8am.
The new 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Operations Tel: 01357 578 161, Operations E-mail: email@example.com Fax: 01355 590 303. https://twitter.com/aircharterscot
We urge all of Isa’s supporters to contact this company to ask them NOT to fly Isa on Friday morning. And ask your friends to do the same.
We don’t know why the earlier flight was cancelled but it may have been because of all the adverse publicity that Virgin Airlines was getting so they pulled out. Please put the pressure on Air Charter Scotland.
Isa has been on hunger strike in protest at his treatment whilst in detention for almost 100 days. He is now dangerously ill. Two weeks ago 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 had tried to remove Isa on Wednesday 27th November on a Virgin Airways flight at 10.20pm. This was cancelled on Tuesday evening but it is unclear why. We do know Virgin Atlantic received many calls, emails and faxes calling on them not to take Isa however.
Isa’s plight has been the subject of widespread campaigning and media attention with a wide range of organisations, church leaders and politicians involved. Yesterday Isa was visited by a member of the House of Lords who had a meeting with Theresa May this morning.
Members of Unity, who have been in touch with Isa before he started his hunger strike travelled down from Glasgow to hold a series of vigils outside of the Harmondsworth detention centre over the weekend. Today 50 people gathered outside the Home Office Reporting Centre in Glasgow to call for Isa’s release.
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.
Theresa May is refusing to release Isa because she believes he is deliberately starving himself for trivial reasons. Last week the Home Office drew up an “End-of Life” plan with Isa including helping him to write his will. The Home Secretary has hardened her stance towards hunger strikers in detention since releasing four men on medical grounds in June 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.
Isa is not fit enough to survive being returned to Nigeria. He is extremely weak from not eating from his hunger strike. 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 Air Charter Scotland
We need to put pressure on the airline not to fly Isa. Please use the template letter to ask Air Charter Scotland not to co-operate with the Home Office’s plans to remove Isa to his potential death in Nigeria.
Or contact them yourself:
Air Charter Scotland Ltd, 7 Colvilles Place, Kelvin Industrial Estate,
East Kilbride, Glasgow, G75 0PZ. Sales Tel: 01355 590 300 Sales E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Operations Tel: 01357 578 161, Operations E-mail: email@example.com Fax: 01355 590 303. https://twitter.com/aircharterscot
2. Contact Theresa May, Home Secretary
Ask her to exercise her discretionary powers to stop Isa Muazu’s flight. A model letter is attached. 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 Air Charter Scotland flight EDC684 details and the flight’s date and time- Friday 29th November 8.00am..
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.
Tel: 020 7219 5206
Fax: 020 7219 1145
3. Contact your own MP and ask them to do something
Please continue to put pressure on your MP to contact Teresa May and the Home Office on behalf of Isa.
4. Sign the “Direct Gov” petition urging Therese May to show clemency and to release Isa.
5. Join the vigil outside the Home Office in London
Tomorrow evening (Thursday28th November) at 5.30pm.