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The Glasgow Girls Campaign
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- Me, Myself, and I
- The 'Glasgow Girls' are a group of seven young campaigners who fight against the insensitive treatment of 'failed' asylum seekers.
We began our quest around two years ago when one of our friends and her family were taken away from their home in a dawn raid.
The family was kept in a stark prison-like place for 3 weeks before the Home Office realised they had made a mistake and released them. Agnesa and her brothers will never forget the trauma they went through; seeing their dad being handcuffed by men in bullet proof vests, watching their mother cry and being followed to the toilet for safety reasons.
These people are decent, honest members of the community and have lived her for over 5 years.
We have been to The Scottish Parliament twice in discussions with both Jack McConnell and Alex Salmond. We also do lots of public speaking to well-respected organisations.
However, dawn raids are still continuing and families are still being deported to unsafe countrie
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If any of you haven't seen the documentaries, I suggest you do! They're both on our bebo site.
If you only have half an hour, I recommend the second one as it's more up to date and, I think, more hard-hitting.
It starts from part 5
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Refused asylum seeker Solyman Rashed, 28, was killed by a car bomb in Kirkuk
on Monday 3rd September 2007, after being returned to Iraq two weeks
earlier. This tragic death highlights once again the dangers of forcing
asylum seekers to return to Iraq.
Solyman came to Britain to escape persecution under Saddam Hussein's regime
after his father had been killed by the Kurdish secret police towards the
end of the 1990s. Fearing for his safety he fled Kirkuk and sought asylum in
Britain in 2001.
Solyman was detained in 2006 and spent almost ten months in Dungavel before
being repeatedly moved to a number of Immigration Centres across Britain.
After being moved from Dungavel he spent a further 5 months in detention and
with no hope of being released, we are told that Solyman agreed to return
voluntarily to Iraq because he was so desperate to be free. The idea of
indefinite detention forced him to 'choose' to return to a country ravaged
Solyman travelled to Baghdad on the 15th August 2007, and travelled on to
Kirkuk, his home town. He lived for only 2 weeks in freedom, before his life
was ended by a road-side bomb.
We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news of his death and see it as a
huge waste of human life.
Solyman's friends and supporters call on the Home Office to follow UNHCR
advice to halt forced removals to Iraq until the security situation has
improved. Forced removals to northern Iraq are due to recommence next week,
after a gap of over 6 months.
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The Glasgw Girls' programmes will be shown on Monday 17th September at the Glasgow Film Theatre.
More info will be posted soon regarding tickets.
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