The latest…Amdani has been refused the Right to Remain in a manner breaching the Home Office’s own regulations, not to mention through a disgracefully botched and irregular process that no human being should be subjected to. It is down to his strength of character and that of his wife and close family, and with the support of his friends, that he is still fighting for justice. We are with him all the way…here’s what has happened in the past few months:
In December 2008, the Home Office gave Amdani permission to marry, saying they would look sympathetically at his application to stay in the UK (because of his legal ‘right to a family life’) if he withdrew his application for what looked like being a successful the ‘Judicial Review’. But no decision was made, and Amdani and his family suffered the anxiety of 6 months of ‘immigration limbo’.
In June, however, he received a letter refusing his application and threatening to deport him to Burundi. This letter gave no reasons for this refusal – and as such broke the Home Office’s own guidelines.
This is outrageous! Giving Amdani the right to stay here should be a no-brainer! His contribution to Nottingham has been huge. 6000 people signed his e-petition. Over 200 have written letters of support. He is a role model for integration and community
cohesion. It would be another injustice for the government to split Amdani up from his wife and child and return him to the hostile environment of Burundi.
Now the Home Office seems to have changed its mind again, saying it will reconsider the case. But can we trust it? Isn’t it time that the the Home Office simply gave Amdani the positive decision we all want for him?
A torture survivor and pro-democracy activist, Amdani escaped death more than once. He has no family in Burundi; his cousin, brother and sister are all permanently resident in the UK or the Netherlands. Human Rights groups and the UN report
ongoing human rights abuses and torture in Burundi.
Here’s what you can do:
Look for us at the Carnival on the Forest this Weekend, 4th & 5th July.
Join our rally in the Market Square on Friday 24th July at 5.15pm.
Meet Amdani at the Nottingham Pride event in the Arboretum on Saturday July 25th, where Amdani will be campaigning once again to help others, in the prevention of HIV in the Black Community.
Please sign the e-petition if you haven’t: http://www.petitiononline.com/amdani/petition.html
And Meet the Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xyHu3GeNYk