Update: Political journalist’s fight against deportation hangs in the balance

The fate of a political journalist involved in a court case over his right to asylum is hanging in the balance after he was told by the United Kingdom border Agency that he will longer be deported tomorrow.

Iraqi journalist Rzhwan Amin, who is currently being held in Morton Hall detention centre in Lincolnshire, believes the UKBA plan to transfer him to Colnbrook Immigration removal centre in North London tomorrow.

The short-term holding centre is located close to Heathrow Airport, from where many failed asylum seekers are deported. 

Rzhwan has highlighted his anxieties over what today’s actions mean for his asylum claim. 

He said: “Documents still state that my removal from the UK is imminent. I am really worried about what will happen tomorrow-I do not know what is going on.”

Rzhwan fled Iraq in 2010 over harassment and death threats whilst he was a journalist in Kirkuk, a disputed territory in Northern Iraq. 

A recent report released by the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate alleged that 105 journalists in the region faced violence, threats or detention  during 2012.

Manchester and Salford NUJ, who have called for action to in support of his right to asylum have stated that the campaign will continue until he is given leave to remain.

They are urging people towrite to Home Secretary Theresa May at mayt@parliament.uk and Minister of State for Immigration Mark Harper at mark.harper.mp@parliament.uk or Ministerforimmigration@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

The firm dealing with Rzhwan’s judicial review application were unable to confirm the stage of the proceedings.

More details to follow.


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