Fight to stop deportation of Manchester-based political journalist: Update

Rzhwan ImanManchester and Salford NUJ have called for “urgent action” to prevent the forced deportation of an Iraqi journalist seeking asylum in the UK.

Rzhwan Amin, a member of the NUJ who has lived in Manchester since 2010, faces forced removal from the country tomorrow if the high court judges presiding over his judicial review case which was lodged yesterday do not grant an injunction.

Rzhwan, who lived in Kirkuk, was subjected to harassment and death threats. He subsequently fled the country to the UK in Summer 2010 where he has since made a claim for political asylum.

The UKBA plans to try transfer Rzhwan from the Morton Hall immigration removal centre to Colnbrook unit in West Drayton in Middlesex, the most secure centre in the country for asylum seekers.

Manchester and Salford NUJ branch is campaigning for Rzhwan to be granted asylum in the UK and the union’s national executive council has given its backing to the case.

The Manchester branch believes that there is substantial evidence to support claims that his life is at serious risk should he return to the country

The union has called for people to write to the Home Secretary Theresa May and Immigration Minister Damian Green to ask them to intervene in the case.

You can email messages of support to Rzhwan at: or at

If you have any queries or need more information, please contact Manchester and Salford Branch Secretary Kath  or on 07758386208

See the link to the previous article to learn more about Rzhwan’s case:


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