[ 28. Aug 2007 ]

UK: Temporary Victory for DR Congo Refugees

demonstration stopp deportations to congo, nottingham, 12. apr 2007

A High Court judge has ordered the :: halt of all deportations to the Democratic Republic of Congo pending a 'country guidance' hearing for the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in September 2007. The news was a reason for much rejoicing among DRC communities across the country, both inside and outside detention.


Campaigners said the Home Office has, once again, missed a chance to :: get rid of as many Congolese asylum seekers as possible before the guidance appeal is determined in their favour. However, :: sources said the Home Office are still going ahead with the charter flight, filling it with DRC nationals who have not claimed asylum.

A number of Congolese detainees had :: received 'removal directions' for the 30th August. Last February, 21 children and 17 adults were :: forcibly deported to DR Congo on a :: charter flight operated by :: XL.

Eight :: coordinated protests have been :: called by Congolese communities and the Congo Support Project for August 28th of 2007 in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Middlesborough, Newcastle and :: Nottingham. Meanwhile, charter airline XL has :: threatened the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (:: NCADC) with legal action after the latter published a :: message saying XL might be operating the 30th August deportation flight.

This article was published first on 26. Aug 2007 @ :: UK Indymedia