Charter flight to Afghanistan on Monday 12th March at 23.10hrs.
Here is the story and call for action regarding one man due to be on the flight.
Another low from the UK Border Agency who dragged him out of the registry office on his wedding day…
URGENT: Please help Aziz and Gemma!
Aziz Hussini (Home Office Ref: H1206065) is currently in detention and is due to be forcibly removed from the UK to Afghanistan on Monday 12rd March, on charter flight PVT081 to Kabul at 23:10.
The UK Borders Agency arrested 18 year old Aziz on his wedding day, bursting into the Registry Office and dragging him away. Waiting to walk down the aisle, Gemma, his distraught fiancé, who is a British citizen, did not know what was happening until 2 UKBA officials in their stab proof vests came out to tell her that her wedding could not happen because they had detained her fiancé.
Aziz and Gemma have been together for over a year, and were planning a life together before they were torn apart by Border Agency officials. Gemma is beside herself with worry, and hasn’t eaten or slept properly since Monday, when she was supposed to get married. Gemma first met Aziz in February last year, and says that “When I first saw him, the connection was there straight away, we’ve been together ever since”. This is not a ‘sham marriage’, Gemma has had an ‘A’ tattood behind her ear at Christmas as a symbol of her commitment to Aziz, and is learning Dari, Aziz’s native language. She says she will fly to Afghanistan to live with Aziz if necessary.
Their relationship has never been properly considered by the UKBA even though they clearly knew he was due to get married on the day that he was detained at the Registry Office. Aziz arrived in the UK 2009 as an unaccompanied minor. Despite a difficult start, Aziz is flourishing in Glasgow. When he first arrived in the UK, he couldn’t speak a word of English, but is now hoping to study at University and has many close friends who he has met through collage. After first studying English, Aziz is now working for an HNC in Computing, where Gemma says he worked twice as hard as everyone else. In Glasgow, he was completed a voluntary work placement as textiles artist with Little Persia,a Persian rug shop in Glasgow. He has also received awards from the John Muir Environmental Award, and an accreditation from the ASDAN charitable foundation, illustrating his commitment to his local community.
Forcibly removing Aziz to Afghanistan would be a devastating violation of his Right to a Family and Private Life (Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights,1998 Human Rights Act). The UKBA didn’t even bother to consider Gemma when they refused to allow Aziz to continue with his life in the UK, claiming that “There is no evidence that the appellant has any close family in the UK”. Now that they’ve ruined Gemma and Aziz’s wedding, they must know that this isn’t the case. However, Aziz is also terrified that if he is returned, he will never be reunited with Gemma. His life is in danger in Afghanistan, which he fled after being commissioned to make satirical depictions of a fundamentalist party leader on a carpet. Aziz has lost contact with his family, so will have no-one to support or protect him, and would be left alone and afraid in an impoverished and dangerous country he has had no contact with for the three years he has been in the UK.
Aziz is due to be forcibly removed on one of the infamous charter flights used by the UKBA for mass deportations of people to the same country. Flight number PVT 081 is scheduled to depart at 23.10 to Kabul on Monday evening. These charter flights have been regularly criticised. In particular, guards accompanying the detainees have been criticised for using excessive force as there are not any other passengers to act as witnesses. Similarly concern has been expressed about the UKBA’s practise of substituting people at the last minute without warning to fill spaces on the flight left by people whose lawyers managed to successfully get them off the flight.
Please urgently contact the Home Secretary, Theresa May, your MP, and Aziz’s MP, Ann McKechin, to ask them to halt the forced removal of Aziz, and allow him to stay in Glasgow, with Gemma, where he belongs.
Contact the Home Secretary: Theresa May, MP Secretary of State for the Home Office 2 Marsham Street London SW1 4DF
email: firstname.lastname@example.org UKBApublicenquiries@UKBA.gsi.gov.uk CITTO@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Privateoffice.email@example.com
Contact Aziz’s MP too Ann McKechin MP, 154-156 Raeberry Street Glasgow G20 6EA
tel: 0141 946 1300 or 020 7219 8239
fax: 0141 946 1412 or 020 7219 1770
email: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://annmckechinmp.net/contact-ann/email-ann