The people BMI forcibly deport certainly haven’t done anything wrong. But they are being treated as criminals for doing what humans have done for thousands of years – moving to escape war, persecution, torture, physical abuse and poverty.
In the last 3 months BMI have agreed to be involved in deportations to the Sudan, Ethiopia and Iran. These are all countries with repressive governments, where returned refugees face imprisonment, torture and death.
In a previous email correspondence Nigel Turner BMI’s CEO has stated that:
“it is important to know bmi does not knowingly deport people to persecution or similar peril. You will understand I do not have the time or resources to investigate each case myself nor do bmi.”
He then stated in relation to the suggestion that BMI should stop carrying out deportations:
“to take your stance would involve us making a decision that the UK borders and the Courts of the land do not properly safeguards of individuals.
It seems that Nigel has complete faith in the asylum regime and its legal ‘safeguards’. However, this is not a position we can take. There’s plenty of evidence to the contrary. Take for instance the case of Mr X, who was unlawfully deported in February. Or there’s the even more recent case of a refugee who returned to Darfur from Birmingham only to be murdered by Sudanese security officers. Adam Osman Mohammed was followed home from Khartoum and, according to his cousin:
“The government security forces followed him to another village, Calgoo, where his wife and child had sought help. They came to the village to find him and then targeted him. They shot him in front of his wife and son.”
Another case documented in Underground Live a report published this year by Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS) involved a woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who was deported from the UK following the rejection of her asylum claim. On her return to the DRC she was detained and tortured. However, she managed to escape, return to the UK and lodge a new claim using her torture scares as evidence.
Very little is known of what becomes of the majority of those deported. The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) do not monitor the lives of those that it deports, having no interest in what becomes of them once it has sent them back. It is almost certain that the examples reported here reflect the tip of the iceberg.
This is the seventh day of action since we began our campaign against BMI. Surely by now Nigel would be able to see that his earlier conviction about the ‘quality’ of the UK’s asylum system and the decisions it makes is seriously misplaced!?
Join us on this day of action against BMI. We’d like Nigel Turner and BMI to be made aware of the impact of their actions on the lives of the people they deport. We need to let them know that they can not take part in such activities without consequences.
We call on BMI to STOP taking part in the forced deportations of refugees and other migrants. Contact BMI and register your disapproval at their role in deporting people back to places they do not wish to go back to. Urge them to take an ethical stance and stop carry out any more deportations.
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