Amdani’s Campaign takes to the Streets Again

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:

Download and print off this leaflet.

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

Amdani has been refused!

Amdani has received a refusal from the Home Office. At present we are taking advice from the solicitor about what to do next, but there are in fact several avenues to pursue and we are far from out of options. So watch this space!

Amdani Juma: Campaign Momentum Builds as Decision Delayed Again

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum
Friends of Amdani Juma

Thursday 9th October 2008

400 more petition signatures were faxed to the Home Office today and more people pledged their support as campaigners made preparations for a city centre rally this weekend to highlight Amdani’s situation.

The rally will take place on Saturday 11 October in Nottingham Market Square at 12.30. A washing line of pages from the online petition, currently at over 2,750 will “be hung out to dry” to demonstrate how Amdani himself has been left “hanging on” for over 5 years, waiting for a decision to grant him a safe and secure future and allow him to get on with his life. The Home Office has delayed the hearing
scheduled for Tuesday, 14 October prolonging the wait even further. Nottingham North MP Nick Palmer has added pledged his support to Alan Simpson and industrialist Lance Clark, major shareholder in Clarks shoes who is involved in charitable work in Africa with people who
have AIDS has signed the Online Petition.

Since he was granted bail pending a Judicial Review on 8th June 2008 Amdani has not been allowed to continue with his paid employment and has had to take a 40 mile round trip from Nottingham to Loughborough every week to sign. During the long wait and uncertainty, local people have continued to support him and his case and to raise awareness about his huge contribution to the region in the area of HIV prevention work and refugee integration.

Notes for Editors

http://www.petitiononline.com/amdani/petition.html contains many testimonials from the community and has over 2,750 signatures. Paper petitions stand at over 3,000.

A short campaign video paying tribute to our good friend Amdani Juma can be seen on YouTube: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7qNho3_auGA

Background

Amdani Juma, a refugee HIV prevention and community worker in Nottingham, was detained by the immigration authorities on Friday 30th May 2008. He spent 18 days in detention during which time a flight was booked for his removal on two separate occasions. Following protests by local people, local and national organisations, a meeting between Liam Byrne and Alan Simpson and representations from his solicitor, Amdani was released on bail on 10th June 2008 pending a Judicial Review.

Amdani is a Burundian national. In 2003, he was granted 3 years Humanitarian Protection but his application for Indefinite Leave to Remain was turned down. A further application for discretion on the grounds of his contribution to the Nottinghamshire and East Midlands community was also refused. Alan Simpson, MP for Nottingham South, and Nottingham Council leader Jon Collins have both spoken out in opposition to Amdani’s proposed removal. Local people have rallied to his support with three demonstrations in Nottingham and an online and paper petition combined have a total of over 6,000 signatures.

Rally October 11th

There’s a rally in support of Amdani’s case in the Old Market Square, Nottingham from 1pm on Saturday 11th october. Please come along and show your support.

Amdani Juma: No Let up in Local Support as Hearing Date Set

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum Friends of Amdani Juma

Thursday 2nd October 2008

Amdani Juma, the Nottingham Community worker whose removal was postponed in June, will have his Judicial Review in the High Court on Tuesday 14th October and this Friday 3rd October 250 post cards will be posted to 15 MPs to raise awareness about how Amdani has contributed to their constituency through his work.

Amdani Juma was granted bail pending a Judicial Review on 8th June 2008. Since then he has not been allowed to continue with his paid employment and has had to take a 40 mile round trip from Nottingham to Loughborough every week to report. During the long wait and uncertainty, local people have continued to support him and his case and to raise awareness about his contribution to the region. 250 people have signed postcards to send to their MPs to highlight that Amdani’s work has affected their constituencies.

One of the “Friends of Amdani” says

“We are continuing to raise awareness about this issue and we won’t let up until justice is done. Some people think that because he was released, it is all over: we are trying to keep everyone updated with what is going on, as well as continuing to let more people know about this injustice. Last Saturday in Nottingham City Centre 150 more people signed the petition in less than 2 hours. The whole of Nottingham will be awaiting a just outcome.”

Notes for Editors

Background
Amdani Juma, a refugee HIV prevention and community worker in Nottingham,
was detained by the immigration authorities on Friday 30th May 2008.

He spent 18 days in detention during which time a flight was booked for his removal on two separate occasions. Following protests by local people, local and national organisations, a meeting with Liam Byrne and Alan Simpson and representations from his solicitor, Amdani was released on bail on 10th June 2008 pending a Judicial Review.

Amdani is a Burundian national. In 2003, he was granted 3 years Humanitarian Protection but his application for Indefinite Leave to Remain was turned down. A further application for discretion on the grounds of his contribution to the Nottinghamshire and East Midlands community was also refused. Alan Simpson, MP for Nottingham South, and Nottingham Council leader Jon Collins have both spoken out in opposition to Amdani’s proposed removal. Local people have rallied to his support with three demonstrations in Nottingham and an online and paper petition combined have a total of over 5,700 signatures.

http://www.petitiononline.com/amdani/petition.html contains many testimonials from the community and has over 2,500 signatures. Paper petitions total over 3,000

Amdani Juma’s solicitor is Hani Zubeidi of Fadiga and Co Solicitors, London

A short campaign video paying tribute to our good friend Amdani Juma can be seen on YouTube: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7qNho3_auGA

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Amdani released on bail

On Monday may 16th, the first day of Refugee Week 2008, Nottingham Community worker Amdani Juma, whose deportation was postponed for the second time on Tuesday 10th June, was released on bail pending a Judicial Review Hearing and returned to Nottingham.

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The wandering detainee…

For institutions concerned primarily with restricting people’s freedom of movement, the Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) are very keen to ensure their detainees don’t stay in one place for two long. Since his detention, Amdani’s been all over the place.

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