The Unity Centre has received notice that at 22.30hrs on 26 January 2016, private charter jet company Titan Airways is scheduled to illegally deport asylum seekers from Sierra Leone and Eritrea to Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving them stranded in foreign countries simply because authorities in Nigeria and Ghana are paid per travel document they issue. At least two of these detainees, and maybe more, will be stuck in countries foreign to them with no legal rights, no identification, no access to services, no means of travel or movement and no right to work, countries with which they have no connection. It is against the law to remove asylum seekers to third-party countries. The Home Office appears to be paying in advance for monthly charter flights to Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan, and then trying to make the expense worth it by filling the planes, even if they have to break the law to do it by sending people to third-party countries. We are in contact with two individuals in particular set to be deported tomorrow via this cargo-style method. Their examples below illustrate the unlawful nature of a number of these removals. Many detainees on the flight tomorrow will be there because they cannot afford to pay for lawyers and have cases that do not fall under legal aid. Even for those with access to legal aid, it can be difficult to secure legal representation from detention. From speaking with a number of detainees set to be deported via charter tomorrow it has become clear that similar barriers to accessing justice as those previously on Fast Track exist. For many this is a result of lacking access to legal representation/legal aid to argue their established private and families lives (Article 8). Because Judicial Reviews no longer mean the suspension of a pending removal, even where errors of law have been made by the Home Office there is no means to seek rectification. It is clear the Home Office is deliberately using its power to change laws to limit those that most need legal protection. Titan Airways will be operating the flight out of London Stansted. The Unity Centre supports all actions to contact and complain to both Titan Airways and Stansted airport. Personal Stories of how two Detainees came to be scheduled for illegal deportation on this flight One man on this expensive, secretive charter flight will be an asylum seeker from Sierra Leone who fled during the war. This man had never had his nationality questioned or disputed by the Home Office until two weeks ago. All documentation the Home Office gave him has had his nationality as Sierra Leone, even his ARC card. Since 2007, the Home Office have been pursuing Sierra Leonne authorities who have conducted numerous interviews with him but have not recognised him as from Sierra Leonne. During latest period of detention he met again with Sierra Leonne authorities. Then, out of the blue, just over ten days ago, the Home Office made an appointment for him to meet with Ghana High Commission, possibly because they were already visiting his detention centre to meet with others leading up to the charter flight. He met with them because he had been threatened that if he did not, the Home Office would say he was refusing to comply with the law. The Ghana High Commission representative started speaking to him in a local Ghanaian language. He said he didn't understand what the representative was saying so the representative spoke in English. The detainee said 'I don't know anything about your country' and the response was, 'Well, if you dont know, you will see when you get there'. This detainee has never been to Ghana; he knows nothing about the country and has no idea how it has been decided that he is from Ghana. He says 'What they [Home Office] are doing is against the law'. He believes that High Commissions in Ghana and Nigeria are paid 500 pounds per travel document they issue to a detainee. Also on the flight will be Eritrean Miki Daskareen Ashiru, whom the Home Office is trying to deport to Nigeria.The Nigerian High Commission came to visit Miki last year in Morton Hall immigration detention centre. Their representative said that while his first two names are clearly not Nigerian, his surname Ashiru could potentially be Nigerian. On this basis and with no other evidence of having lived in or having any connection to Nigeria, the High Commission issued emergency travel documents. The representative accepted that she did not have any identification or record of Miki in Nigeria but said that his surname was enough evidence. The Home Office have records of Miki’s history of torture. Most of his teeth have been pulled out; he has numerous bullet wounds on his right leg and scars on both ears. It is explicitly against Home Office policy to detain survivors of torture. Miki cannot legally be removed to Nigeria as he is not Nigerian. He has been in the UK for 22 years and his life is here.