Let Idress Stay!

Please act now to prevent the removal of Idress Wazeer, 18 years old and driven to attempted suicide by the Home Office’s plans to remove him to Afghanistan.

Idress has been in the UK since he was 14, after he fled persecution by the Taliban. He was attacked and wounded and has every reason to fear the persecution will continue if he is forced to return.

The UK government has for years been invested in falsely demonstrating that Afghanistan is a ‘safe place’, to justify their years of warmongering and murder in the country. They have often used the enforced removal of Afghan nationals seeking protection in the UK as a tool in this political game. Idress is one of these people. The Home Office disputes his age and has not accepted his claims despite evidence of injury and Idress’ entire family having been killed by the Taliban.

Idress was detained and made aware that he would be removed from the UK. The stress of this horrific future made his mental health so much worse that he has attempted suicide, twice, whilst in detention.

Far from accepting that this means Idress is clearly even less fit for detention than others in the process, and the seriousness of his fear of persecution, the Home Office has now issued him with removal directions with barely 3 days to prepare.

Idress is detained in Brookhouse and it is believed he will be taken to Heathrow to be removed.  The Home Office have given him a ‘removal window’ of between this Saturday 21st January and the 8th of Feburary.  ‘Removal windows’ are a new Home Office tactic of not giving the exact date or time of a flight, adding to the torture of uncertainty and making it harder for people and networks to resist their plans.  In a situation like Idress’, where he suffers from such poor mental health, the extra uncertainty is particularly barbaric.

Please contact the Home Office and Home Secretary to protest this inhumane and deadly treatment. Tweet, post on facebook and contact your own MP.

Please share this appeal widely.


Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Tel: 020 7219 7229

Fax: 020 7219 6545

Email: amber.rudd.mp@parliament.uk

Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

Tel: 020 7035 4848

Email: privateoffice.external@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk