Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

24th August 2006

 

'END DEPORTATIONS TO TORTURE COUNTRIES' DEMANDS GREEN MEP

As the first case of the men appealing against deportation to Algeria comes to a final decision today, Green MEP Jean Lambert will speak out against the Government's actions returning people to life threatening situations when she joins demonstrators outside the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) Court this morning.

Today's case of an Algerian man known as 'Y', is one of the strongest cases so far. Although he was originally granted full refugee status when he fled from torture in Algeria and, in his absence, has been sentenced to death / life imprisonment there, the Home Office believe it will be safe for him to return.

Speaking before the demonstration Jean Lambert, who has been awarded for her work on Justice and Human Rights said she was horrified the Home Office would consider returning people to such dangerous and life threatening situations; "There are reasons why people are fleeing countries such as Algeria and these can not be overlooked by the Government.

"Forcing 'Y' to return to Algeria, especially when Amnesty International only recently reported that torture was still widespread there, is a violation of his human rights and we cannot condone this in any way.

"The sad reality is that the Government are so keen to reach targets and lower the number of refugees in the UK that they are prepared to put peoples lives in danger. Without an effective system in place to track what happens to those that are returned we cannot be sure of their safety and the governments assurances are worth nothing. We must put an end to these appalling deportations immediately."

The demonstration will take place this morning (Thursday 24th August 2006) at the SIAC Court from 9.30am. The full hearing will take place at 10.30am.

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Morwenna Holland, Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280 or 07813149812
email: media@jeanlambertmep.org.uk
www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.