New Hope for UK Hunger Striker

New Hope for UK Hunger Striker

Human rights activists in London are planning to stage a vigil tomorrow (Dec. 3, 2013) following the failed deportation attempt by the British Home Office of Nigerian asylum seeker Isa Muazu.

Published December 2, 2013

Human rights activists in London are planning to stage a vigil on Dec. 3, following the failed deportation attempt by the British Home Office of Nigerian asylum seeker, Isa Muazu. Since his application for asylum was denied, the 45-year-old has been on a hunger strike for more than 100 days. 

Following a Court of Appeal ruling last week that rejected Muazu’s appeal to remain in the U.K., the Home Office, headed by Theresa May, chartered a plane to return him to Nigeria. However on arriving in Lagos the plane was forced to turn back due to an administration error.  

Confirming that Muazu was still in a critical condition and was being held in the medical wing of Hammondsworth immigration removal centre, Jasmin Sallis, a caseworker at the Unity Centre, told BET.com that the delay presents new options.

“We’ve now been able to find an immigration lawyer to represent Isa. I spoke to him an hour ago and he’s elated that he’s been able to come back,” Sallis said.

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(Photo: Unity Centre Glasgow)

Written by Nikola Lashley

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