Forced Deportation of Bangladeshi national Mohammed Alam – Thursday 26th February 2015
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Marking one year since Mohammed Alam was made destitute and began his stay in a Glasgow night shelter, the UK Home Office have decided to forcibly remove him against his will. Alam is being held in Dungavel detention centre, the only detention centre in Scotland and will be moved to one of the 12 other detention centres in England tomorrow in order to be close to Heathrow Airport to access his intended flight on THURSDAY 26th February via Jet Airways.
Alam has been in the UK for 6 years and despite being made destitute a year ago has managed to make a life here, most recently in Glasgow. He is an active member of the night shelter that accommodates him from 8am to 8pm every night and also volunteers for Bridging the Gap. Less than two weeks ago he was featured in an article in the Evening Times highlighting the role the night shelter plays in his life and situation presently in the UK. There is some speculation that this may have had something to do with the Home Office’s sudden vindictive actions towards him. The article titled ‘Inside the Unity Centre: back home in Bangladesh I was tortured…’ can be accessed here http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/shelter-for-the-forgotten-197122n.117816482#disqus_thread
Alam was detained abruptly on the 16th of February at the Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street, Glasgow. He has been regularly signing at the Home Office Reporting Centre as this is a requirement of individuals who have claimed asylum. Penalties of not signing are high as well as constant threats made by the Home Office, however, in this case the penalty came by following the rules.
Alam’s lawyer has put together a fresh claim for his case, however, it cannot be put in until a response is gained from legal aid. There is no reason to suggest Alam would not qualify for legal aid, however, this is presently the only barrier that would lead to the definite cancellation of his ticket in two days time.
Details of Alam’s reason for claiming asylum in the UK cannot be disclosed because of the sensitive nature of his claim and fear of persecution and likely death if forcibly returned to Bangladesh. It is apparent, however, that he has no confidence whatsoever in the Judicial System in Bangladesh and its ability or likelihood of leading to his protection and safety. This is due to high levels of corruption within the police and judiciary.
We are calling on supporters and friends to contact Jet Airways to inform them of the situation facing Alam if removed via their services. Such action can and often does make a difference and in this instance will gain time needed for Alam’s legal aid to be approved.
Please urgently contact Jet Airways through as many channels as you have access to, to ask them to halt the forced removal of Mohammed Alam, and allow him to remain in Glasgow, where he belongs.
It seems living in a night shelter, on the floor of a church with 15 other single men in Glasgow, night after night for a year is not enough to prove Alam’s very real need for protection – so lets help gain him some more time to meet the unbelievably high levels of scrutiny the Home Office impose by taking collective action to STOP THIS FLIGHT and PREVENT THIS INHUMANE FORCED REMOVAL of a dear friend of Glasgow’s.
Contact Jet Airways – Please quote flight numbers 9W121 and 9W272 on correspondence.
Phone: 0808 101 1199 (Toll Free/Freephone)
020 8735 9650 (Heathrow Office)
0208 735 9650 (London Office)
Fax: 0208 735 9655
Also to contact is UK Corporate Communications
Mr. Simon Quarendon,
London – SW1A 2BY
Phone: +44 (0) 207 839 2140
Fax: +44 (0) 207 839 1436
PDF format Letter-to-Jet-Airways
Unity Centre Glasgow
30 Ibrox Street
0141 427 79 92
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