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Refuse Mike Tyson entry into the United Kingdom

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Stop Mike Tyson from entering the UK

 

On Tuesday 26th of March 2014 former boxer Mike Tyson is due to perform at the SECCs Clyde Auditorium, in Glasgow, U.K. His show is entitled: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. We the undersigned request withdrawal of his visa on account of the following:

 

These are the real ‘undisputed truths’ about Mike Tyson: on February 10th 1992 he was convicted of the rape of an 18 year old. This was upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals. Despite serving 3 years of a 6 year sentence, he is yet to express remorse for his crime, recently declaring in an interview with USA Today "I've done nothing," Tyson said. "I really didn't do anything to her. I didn't rape her, I didn't beat her, I didn't do anything to her. I'm not going to make amends." The Associated Press also quoted Tyson in May of 2003 when being asked about the woman he was convicted of raping: "I just hate her guts. She put me in that state, where I don't know, I really wish I did now. But now I really do want to rape her." Previously, Tyson has readily admitted sexual violence: “I like to hurt women when I make love to then,” Tyson was quoted as saying by Jose Torres in his book Fire & Fear. “I like to hear them scream with pain, to see them bleed.” He also admitted sex without consent, as recorded by James Toback in his 2009 documentary ‘Tyson’ when asked again about his rape conviction: “I may have taken advantage of a woman before, but I have never taken advantage of her.

Furthermore, on February 5th 1999, Tyson was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment and 2 further years of probation for assault. On September 24th 2007 he was convicted of possession of cocaine and driving under the influence, for which he was sentenced to 24 hours in prison, 3 years of probation and 360 hours of community service.

 

According to the UK Border Agency guidance section RFL 10, criteria for refusal due to criminal conviction are as follows:

‘The new Immigration Rules provide for ten key areas in which a person with criminal history may fall for refusal, whether the offences were committed in the UK or any other country.

These are:

  1. A conviction which resulted in a sentence of 4 years or more imprisonment - Paragraph 320 (2)(b) and S-EC.1.4.(a) Appendix FM provides for a mandatory refusal where a person has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to at least 4 years' in imprisonment, at any point in the past.
  2.  A conviction which resulted in a sentence of at least twelve months' (but less than 4 years) imprisonment - Paragraph 320 (2)(c) and S-EC.1.4.(b) Appendix FM provides for a mandatory refusal where a person has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to between 12 months and 4 years' imprisonment, unless a period of 10 years has passed since the end of the sentence.
  3. A conviction which resulted in a sentence of less than twelve months' imprisonment - Paragraph 320 (2)(d) and S-EC1.4(c) Appendix FM provides for a mandatory refusal of entry clearance where a person has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to less than 12 months' imprisonment, unless a period of 5 years has passed since the end of the sentence.
  4. A non-custodial sentence - Paragraph 320 (18A) and S-EC2.5(a) Appendix FM provides for a discretionary refusal of entry clearance where has been convicted or admitted an offence for which they have received a non-custodial sentence or other out of court disposal that is recorded on their criminal record within the preceding 12 months.
  5.  Being the subject of a deportation order - Paragraph 320 (2)(a) and S-EC1.3 Appendix FM provides for a mandatory refusal of entry clearance.
  6. Being personally excluded by the Secretary of State - Paragraph 320 (6) and S-EC1.2 Appendix FM provides for a mandatory refusal of entry clearance.
  7.  Committing an offence which caused serious harm - Paragraph 320(18B) and S-EC2.5(b) Appendix FM provides for a refusal of entry clearance.
  8.  Being a persistent offender who shows a particular disregard for the law - Paragraph 320(18B) and S-EC2.5(b) Appendix FM provides for a refusal of entry clearance.
  9. On account of the person's character, conduct or associations - Paragraph 320 (19) and S-EC1.5 Appendix FM provides for a refusal of entry clearance.
  10.  Deception (where this involves deliberately concealing convictions) - paragraph 320 7A - please see RFL04.

When determining if a refusal under the Criminality sections of the Immigration Rules is appropriate, the ECO must also take into consideration any human rights grounds and ensure the refusal is both appropriate and reasonable. Should the ECO have an application which would fall for refusal but there are exceptional, compelling or compassionate circumstances, please refer to RFL03 for further information on how to deal with these cases.

RFL10.2 When do I refuse on the basis of custodial sentences?

A person who has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to a period of imprisonment must have their application for entry clearance considered under 320 (2)(b) to (d) and S-EC.1.4. (a) to (c) of Appendix FM.

·         If a person has been sentenced to a period of four years or more imprisonment, the ECO must refuse the application indefinitely.

·         If a person has been sentenced to a period of between 12 months and less than 4 years imprisonment, the ECO must refuse the application until 10 years has passed since the end of the sentence.

·         If a person has been sentenced to a period of less than 12 months imprisonment, the ECO must refuse the application until 5 years has passed since the end of the sentence.

The end of the sentence should be taken to mean the entire sentence imposed, not just the time a person spent in prison. For example, a person who is sentenced to 2 years' imprisonment on 01/01/2013 but only served one year in prison, will not normally be granted entry clearance until 01/01/2025 (10 years added to the end of the 2 year sentence imposed).’

 

 

The UK government has chosen to allow Tyson entry to the United Kingdom in order to promote his show Undisputed Truth, at a cost of up to £125 per ticket. That's £125 to spend an evening in the company of a convicted rapist. Allowing Tyson into Scotland undermines the continual efforts that Scotland, the UK and its governments have made to ensure that survivors of rape and sexual assault feel valued, believed, and above all, safe. We are asking that the Scottish Government and the UK Border Agency show support to survivors of sexual violence rather than making an icon of a convicted rapist.

On account of points 1, 7, 8 and 9, we respectfully ask that the United Kingdom Border Agency follow New Zealand’s lead and deny him entry.



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