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URGENT: Prevent forcible removal of Yosief Michael Kidane

Refused asylum seeker Yosief Michael Kidane faces forced removal from the United Kingdom (UK) to Eritrea, where he would be at risk of arrest, incommunicado detention and torture or other ill-treatment, for his political activity and for seeking asylum in the UK.

Yosief Michael Kidane is a member of a prominent Eritrean opposition political party and has participated in political activities in the UK, including attending demonstrations opposing actions by the Eritrean government. He is at serious risk of arrest on arrival, incommunicado detention, torture and other ill-treatment, for his political activism and for the act of claiming asylum abroad, which Eritrean authorities regard as a betrayal.

The UK authorities attempted to remove him from the UK on 4 May 2010, but were unable to do so. A further attempt to remove him could take place as early as 7 May (within 72 hours of the previous attempt). On the morning of 6 May, he was being held at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, pending his removal from the UK. Amnesty International has seen medical reports expressing concern that he may be unfit to fly, due to two deep vein thromboses.

Take action at http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=695

SVAW Campaign Success #1

As the Stop Violence Against Women (SVAW) campaign comes to an end I am going to highlight the key successes. One of these is the Anti-Trafficking Convention ratified in the UK. This entitles victims of trafficking, for the first time, to a recovery period, specialist care, accommodation and other services. You can find out more at http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?newsId=17992

Don’t push asylum seekers into deeper poverty

Most asylum seekers now have to survive on just £5 a day while waiting for a decision to be made on their asylum claim and they aren’t allowed to work to support themselves.

The Government is now considering what level of support to give asylum seekers in the next financial year.

We are asking for asylum seekers to get at least 70% of Income Support (accommodation and utility bills are paid) and no less than £45 a week for single adults.

Go to http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=678 to take action