Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

24th August 2006

 

GREEN MEP DISAPPOINTED AT ALGERIAN APPEAL REFUSAL

As the first case of the men appealing against deportation to Algeria was refused today, Green MEP Jean Lambert said she was extremely disappointed by the Government's policy.


Jean, who has been awarded for her work on Justice and Human Rights said; "By refusing today's appeal it would seem that the Government has once again confused immigration law for national security.


"The Government should not even be thinking about returning people to countries with a poor human rights record, but especially in this case where Amnesty International only recently reported that torture was still widespread in Algeria. This is a violation of 'Y's human rights and we cannot condone this in any way.


"The assurances of safety we have from countries such as Algeria simply are not worth the paper they are written on. We must put an end to these appalling deportations immediately."


Today's case of an Algerian man known as 'Y', was 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.


ENDS

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