Charter flight deporting 29 of 50 people to Jamaica departed this morning
Feb 7, 2019 —
Late last night , those detained at various Immigration Removal Centres were woken abruptly & brutally in their cells & taken on the long drive in several vans to Birmingham airport.
One of those taken Twane Morgan, Who we are running a specific campaign for, was successful in getting a high court injunction yesterday afternoon removing him from the flight so it was a shock to him to be awoken by 6 armed officials in riot gear barging into his cell & snatching him out of his sleep. He then had to call and wake his legal team as he was already being transported cuffed to an escort.
I received an alarming call from his partner informing me 'they've taken him' and was able to speak to him via the phone of the escort he was cuffed to.
Prior to this I received an alarming messsge of a 22 year old man with PTSD who was cutting his wrists observed by guards and that when 999 was called they advised that they have no jurisdiction to send an ambulance to a detention centre which I and others believe to be a breach of human rights and right to life.
He was subsequently apprehended and instead of considering his physical & psychological health & injury meant he was not fit to be deported and taken to hospital he was taken to the plane. I understand that he and others made applications for asylum on the journey to the airport and were successful in being taken off the flight.
On the journey those being deported are cuffed to an escort, have no phone and are dependant on emergency & last minute calls to loved ones through the escort.
Poor Twane's partner has planned to travel to take his children to say their final goodbyes last evening but when they got the good news he would not be taken this was not necessary so the period of approx 5 hours through the night was mental torture for Twane & his loved ones.
Twane was placed on the plane, strapped into his seat cuffed to security guards on either side before he got the news for second time that he would not be removed and was taken of flight.
The Home Office said that 50 were to be deported describing them as hardened criminals guilty of very serious crimes but the details we have seen about those being deported or from conversations with them & their families is different.
If their crimes were so serious that they were a danger as suggested by government then how were 21 removed at the last minute?
The fact that they were removed & at such a late stage illustrates how wrong charter flights are, snatching people & puttng them on a flight without allowing them tthe required time to get legal representation, prepare cases and lodge appeals is wrong & irresponsible. It opens the doors for mistakes which have devestating adverse impacts on lives. Around 40 children were to be denied a parent through this flight with no regard for their rights either.
I received hearbreaking messages from loved ones of those being taken last night.
The Titan Airways flight was scheduled to depart at 7.30am, but actually took off at 8.16am (footage attached).
It's important that we continue to campaign against these deportations and whilst this petition was originally launched last year but now that the government have started these deportation flights again , we have the support for it of an umbrella group that BARAC UK is part of, BAME Lawyers for Justice.
Please help us grow this petition and the call to end this hostile & brutal act.
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