UPDATE: Stop the removal of Raja Khouja

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Raja Khouja, a women's rights campaigner from Syria, was in June 2015 detained in Yarls Wood and threatened with removal to Saudi Arabia. As a result of the campaigning by the Friends of Raja and Mahmoud and the work by Raja’s solicitor Emma Brooksbank of Simpson Millar, Raja has now been released. However the threat of removal remains,and the fight for asylum for Raja continues.

Raja (aged 56) is a member of the Syrian Republican Party and was involved in human rights activism on the internet, focused on the wider Arab world. She has written many times about her views on the denial of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Mutawa (the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice) has denounced her and she has received email and phone call threats of death, imprisonment and mutilation including for ‘the opposite limbs to be cut off the body' were she ever to go to Saudi Arabia, the very country to which she is to be removed.

Raja is a Syrian national who has been living in Leeds, UK, with her Saudi husband Mahmoud Alhassan (aged 67) for four years. They were stranded in the UK by the emergency in Syria. They are much loved and respected by their community of friends here in Leeds and we are gravely concerned for Raja's safety were she to be forcibly removed to Saudi Arabia. 

Raja and Mahmoud's application for asylum has not yet been fully considered. We are waiting for a date for a hearing about whether we have permission for a Judicial Review on Raja's asylum case. If the permission is denied, then Raja and Mahmoud will immediately be at risk of removal once again. If permission is granted then the fight will be on at a Judicial Review itself. 

Please show your support for Raja and Mahmoud by adding your name to this petition, and joining the campaign to stop the forced removal and for our friends to be granted asylum in the UK.

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