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Mohammed Arouss: Stop institutional racism & UK human rights abuses

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Mohammed came to the UK as an unaccompanied child at the age of just 12 in 1996 after fleeing serious domestic abuse and prejudice.

After a period in a children's home, Mohammed was imprisoned for failing to produce documents and then incarcerated in three separate UK detention centres.

The London detainee support group helped him to lodge an appeal with the Home Office but there were years of delay in his case.

Throughout the whole period he was placed under restrictions, unable to work or claim any benefits, with no right to move addresses even.

He was required to report to the immigration office in Old Street once a fortnight. He was expected to support himself on £38 a week on the Azure Card, which can only be used at major supermarkets taking part in the scheme.

Under the near-impossible circumstances and the constant threat of deportation, Mohammed understandably became clinically anxious and depressed, and became dependent in anti-depressants.

But these medications were repeatedly refused by hospitals and doctors.

As a member of the Bedouin People who have no nationality in Morocco, Mohammed has no official status in the country of his birth. If he were to be returned, Morocco would refuse him entry.

Mohammed has never been a danger to others whilst living in the hostel, but his cultural beliefs were interpreted as a delusional mental illness. He spent a brief period in a psychiatric ward. He was awarded a biometric residency permit which allows the applicant to remain in the UK for only five years. This meant that he was no longer eligible for a place in a hostel, said the home office.

He was assigned a care co-ordinator from the psychiatric hospital but this person completely failed to place him in any form of housing. So by the New Year of 2014 Mohammed was sleeping in a park in north London in the middle of winter.

He was picked up as a vagrant suffering from hypothermia and taken to Whittington Hospital where he suffered a fit.

He was then sectioned and sent to a psychiatric ward for four months. He was kept there under section three of the mental health act as he had no accommodation to be discharged to.

While there, his entire, if small, savings, which had been kept in the hospital's safety deposit box, disappeared.

Barnet, Enfield, Haringey Mental Heath NHS Trust (BEHMH NHS Trust) had no record of Mohammed;s money and no investigation has yet been launched.

Shortly afterwards, Mohammed was accused of setting fire to his bed and accused and prosecuted by the NHS. He took advice from a law firm which advertised within the hospital, but they were subsequently struck off by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) for dishonesty.

He was then pressured into pleading guilty for the starting the fire and sent to Devon Ward in Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield under a Section 41, which means that he can never be re-released without Home Office approval.

Since being sectioned in 2014 his health has declined terribly. He has drastically over-medicated, has developed diabetes and a disease of the oesophagus. He suffered a sepsis pneumonia and has multiple blood clots near the heart and an arterial thrombosis after being denied exercise and fresh air for nearly a year.

A year earlier, he was attacked by another patient who had gone into relapse and Mohammed suffered a fractured nose which after two years has still not been treated. The delay in treatment has led to more ill health.

He is being given regular weekly clopixol injections against his will as a preventative measure against delusional episodes. But he suffered an adverse reaction to the drug which is normally counter-indicated in cases of thrombosis.

Patients are entitled to an independent second opinion consultation (SOAP) after three months but Mohammed has been denied this right.

On December 20 2016 the European Economic Social Committee in Brussels, who advise the European Union on a range of human rights issues, considered the treatment of Mohammed Arouss to be a breach of human rights by the UK.

He has in their opinion been denied the right to a legal existence. They considered that the mishandling of Mohammed's case by the UK amounts to institutional racism and cultural xenophobic.

Mohammed, 33, has effectively lost 21 years of his life and been denied the opportunity to contribute his considerable intellectual abilities to society.

We have been made aware of a number of other similar cases in the UK. Many asylum seekers and refugees arriving in the UK have been effectively 'disappeared' into an impenetrable system where they can never achieve rights or permanent status.

Please help Mohammed by signing our petition.

We demand:

1. The Home Office remove the Section 41 from Mohammed Arouss;
2. That his medical condition must be immediately and independently reviewed so that he can receive only suitable medicines;
3. That he can be granted permanent status in the UK and offered suitable accommodation in South London where he has friends.

We demand that the UK government order a thorough independent review of Mohammed's case, including his treatment within BEHMH NHS Trust and at Wood Green Crown Court.

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