Don't send the Nahal family back to certain danger in Egypt
  • Petitioned The Honourable Chris Bowen MP

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Minister for Immigration
The Honourable Chris Bowen MP

Don't send the Nahal family back to certain danger in Egypt

    1. Charlotte Sanders
    2. Petition by

      Charlotte Sanders

      Brunswick, Australia

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October 2012

Victory

Egyptian family stay in their new home, Australia

Tony Nahal is a fine, upstanding member of the Australian community, an extremely valuable and trusted employee of an Australian small business, a wonderful husband and family man, and father to a six-year-old daughter who was born on Australian soil and has never been to the country for which she is imminently destined. Tony's family are Coptic Christians who came to this country seeking asylum from assault and abuse in what is an overwhelmingly Islamic country.

After seven years of processing their application for Asylum, the Nahals are being deported back to Egypt, where right now Coptic Christians are being slaughtered by Egyptian police. Their entire lives, their jobs, Rita's school, friends, and country of birth, are here, under the Southern Cross.

The Minister for Immigration can intervene and stop this senseless and cruel deportation, and we call upon The Honourable Chris Bowen MP, Member for McMahon, Federal Minister for Immigration, to do so, in the name of Australians, small businesses, families, and children born on Australian soil, just like me.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Minister Bowen attends rally for Egyptian Coptic Christians in Sydney today

      Charlotte Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      Evidence that the Minister is showing real support for the entire Coptic community and realises the seriousness of the situation...

    3. Minister Bowen agrees to intervene... but to what extent?

      Charlotte Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      Minister Bowen has *again* responded to me via facebook, stating that he has already requested the drawing-up of the paperwork required for him to intervene in the Nahals' case. What is not specified is to what extent the Minister will go to protect this family from religious and now political persecution - in making their stand publicly with our support, they have put their family in the spotlight of the Egyptian Government, who see all bids for asylum as 'criticism' and 'shaming' of their country.

      Minister Bowen must now grant this family, and all other Copts in similar situations, full permanent residency, as they can now *never* be safe in their country of origin.

      Please continue to share this petition as urgently as possible to put as much pressure on the Honourable Mr Bowen as possible before he puts pen to paper and makes the final call.

      (Check the link below to see the facebook exchange between Mr Bowen and this petition's author, acknowledging his intention to intervene.)

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. Family wins stay for review of case

      Charlotte Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      Tony Nahal, his six-year-old Australian-born daughter, his wife and her elderly and very unwell mother have been granted a stay of execution thanks to the intervention of the Honourable Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration.

      This campaign and petition and the show of support from people like YOU are what brought this family's story to the Minister's attention. PLEASE share link to this petition on facebook, twitter, myface, twitbook, and by email and word of mouth to everyone who cares about human rights.

      THIS PETITION *IS* MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Spread the word. The time is now.

    6. Family fears for their lives if they are forced back to Egypt

      Charlotte Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      Sorry for the late post of this story - there is so much media coming out about the Nahal family now, mostly thanks to the intrepid Herald Sun, that it's hard to keep up!

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. The Minister has replied to me via facebook and is 'looking into the case'.

      Charlotte Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration (or one of his staffers, at least), has replied to my plea on facebook regarding Tony's impending deportation and has said he will look into it. First contact? Crossed fingers.

    9. Reached 50 signatures
    10. Crikey! gets on board to help save Tony Nahal

      Charlotte Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      Charles Richardson takes a look at just how stupid a deportation has to be for the Herald Sun to oppose it.

    11. Herald Sun to the Rescue

      Charlotte Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      The Herald Sun ran an article about the Nahals' plight in yesterday's paper. Please add your comments to the comment section below the article if you feel so inclined.

    12. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Joan George ANDERSON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop the deportation of Tony Nahal and his family to Egypt.

      Dear Mr Chris Bowen,

      Stop the deportation of Tony Nahal and his family to Egypt.

      Tony Nahal is a fine, upstanding member of the Australian community, an extremely valuable and trusted employee of an Australian small business, a wonderful husband and family man, and father to a six-year-old daughter who was born on Australian soil and has never been to the country for which she is imminently destined. Tony's family are Coptic Christians who came to this country seeking asylum from assault and abuse in what is an overwhelmingly Islamic country. After seven years of processing their application for Asylum, the Nahals are being deported back to Egypt, where right now Coptic Christians are being slaughtered by Egyptian police. Their entire lives, their jobs, Rita's school, friends, and country of birth, are here, under the Southern Cross. The Minister for Immigration can intervene and stop this senseless and cruel deportation, and we call upon The Honourable Chris Bowen MP, Member for McMahon, Federal Minister for Immigration, to do so, in the name of Australians, small businesses, families, and children born on Australian soil, just like me.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • mukesh nathani KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      i am non muslim from Pakistan as same thing happening in Pakistan against non muslims.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Lauren Balshaw FRIENDSWOOD, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Signing because deporting this family who have been processing an app for ASYLUM for SEVEN years back to a situation of religious execution is WRONG and heartless. What if this was your family?

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • michelle sutton STOUGHTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      any deportation to me is wrong, no one owns the earth, move freely with compassion and you can stay where you are.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • stacey nicely COVINGTON, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      everyone has a right to freedom of religion and life if we can save this family we need to do everything we can

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