Child M tells his story to Channel Four Dispatches - TRAILER HERE
Monday 29th November
You can help Child M and his family
Child M and his family remain at risk of imminent deportation to Iran. The family are under unbearable pressure. They have been supported by thousands of people over the past three years but it hasn't been enough. This family deserve the right to stay with safety and dignity in the UK.
Please do the following to help them:
- Contact your own MP. Tell them that you are concerned about this family and want them to represent you and your concerns to Damian Green, Immigration Minister.
- Ask your MP to contact their party leader to express your concerns and to raise questions in the House of Commons.
- Contact Damian Green directly on 0207 035 3986, 01233 820 454, 0207 219 3518 or 0207 219 3911. Fax on 01233 820 111, 0208 760 3132 or 0207 219 0904. Email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Child M tells his story to Channel Four Dispatches - TRAILER HERE
Channel 4 Dispatches: The Kids Britain Doesn't Want
Monday 29 th November 8pm
Child M and his family still face the danger of their imminent deportation to Iran. Please do all you can to help them.
Please contact your local MP and ask them to write to Damian Green, MP, Immigration Minister. We are gaining significant support from Members of Parliament.
Copy all letters to Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, Nick Clegg Deputy Prime Minister
Please use the following information;
Ref: G1158044, G1158044/2 and G1158044/7
- Child M and his family still face immediate deportation to Iran. We are certain they will face arrest, imprisonment, torture and possibly death if they are forced to return. As a result we do not know what would happen to Child M.
- In the early stages of their asylum claim, we believe the family did not receive effective or adequate legal representation as a result of this it has been hard to prove the validity of their asylum claim
- They have authenticated evidence that supports their claim
- Throughout this process the family, including Child M, have been subjected to extensive periods of detention in Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre. On 15 th July 2008, the family was detained for 52 days in Yarls Wood. During this time both sons, including the then eight year old Child M was subjected to several full body searches. As a result of their detention, the family experienced extreme stress and anxiety. They were detained for a further 3 weeks in November 2009.
- This family have suffered enormous stress and we are very concerned about their mental and physical health.
- Farah and her family have settled well into their community in Manchester and we desperately want them to remain safely in the UK.
Manchester leaders bid to stop Iran family
leaders in Manchester have written to the immigration minister
in a bid to halt the deportation of a 10-year-old boy to
boy, known as Child M, faces removal along with his family
after losing a bid for a judicial review.
the full story on the BBC here
fight to save the family continues.
Child M and family lose final legal appeal.
The situation is now desperate. We may have only 72 hours
to save the family and prevent their deportation to Iran
M and his family have thousands of supporters. Their plight
has received wide spread media coverage.
legal process has ended. The Home Secretary and Immigration
Minister can still halt their deportation and give the family
the right to remain in the UK .
only chance for this family now is that the Home Secretary
and Immigration Minister agree to discuss the case with
the family's constituency MP, Sir Gerald Kaufman.
ask all supporters of Child M and his family and those sympathetic
to their case to do two things;
contact Damian Green and Teresa May and state that the family
cannot be safely returned to Iran . They face certain imprisonment
your own MP and Councilors and ask them to do the same and
to contact Sir Gerald Kaufman to offer their support.
not over yet. Together we can still save this family. Please
do all you can.
Child M Court Hearing Wednesday 22nd September
Let's have a massive show of support for Child M and family
1.45pm High Court Manchester
5pm outside Manchester Town Hall
you can't make it: text messages of support to 07733 116
126 between 5.15 and 6.30pm
messages of support to the Child M Campaign c/o email@example.com
the campaign on Twitter and Facebook and circulate widely
on behalf of the Child M Campaign
18th September 2010
The situation for Child M and his family remains very serious
is a hearing on Wednesday 22nd September at 2pm at the High
Court in Manchester. A final decision will be taken as to
whether or not Mehrshad's rights as a child have been properly
considered in their asylum case.
is now 10. He has:
10 weeks in detention in the UK
been subjected to full body searches at Heathrow
been held in a van for several hours with no member of
his family present while his mum received hospital treatment
suffered physically and psycologically at the hands of
the UK government
lived with fear and uncertainty about his future and that
of his family
is enough. He is a little boy.
As a campaign our demand is simple. Whatever the outcome
in court on Wednesday:
M and his family must be given the right to stay in the
Child M needs your support
We have a 2 things to ask you to do:
1. If you can come to the court on Wednesday, please do
so. It is a public hearing and it is vital we show the significant
level of support the family have in their community.
meet at 1.45pm outside:
Manchester High Court of Justice
Manchester Civil Justice Centre
1 Bridge Street West
2. We also call on friends and supporters to join us for
a 'Gathering of Friends' outside Manchester Town Hall (St
Peter's Square side) from 5pm on Wednesday.
need as many people there as possible. Please come. It may
be our last chance to show solidarity with Child M and his
family. We urge you to come.
M and his family must be allowed to remain safely here in
join us in Manchester on Wednesday at 1.45pm and/or 5pm.
Public support for Child M and his family is vital at this
stage of the campaign.
your support we will not win.
on behalf of the Child M Campaign
Halted. For Now!
Teachers' unions says No to deportation in
letter to Damien Green
behalf of the National Union of Teachers, I am writing to
you to express our concern over the intended deportation
of Child M and his family.
M is an active member of his school and his deportation
will be detrimental not just to him, but also to the many
friends he would leave behind. Should Child M be forced
to leave, many of his classmates would find his departure
very upsetting which would in turn leave them unsettled.
his time at the detention centre, Child M has been in a
lot of stress and anxiety. In addition, if he and his family
were to be deported, their quality of life would greatly
deteriorate. Their deportation to Iran would put them in
severe danger. Child M and his family cannot return to Iran
safely. Farah and her daughter Mahroo stand accused of copying
and distributing copies of Salman Rushdie's book 'The Satanic
Verses'. The Iranian authorities have already issued arrest
warrants for both Farah and Mahroo
NUT has a long history of working to secure human rights
for students and teachers worldwide. The case of Child M
and his family requires urgent consideration especially
as it involves a school aged child whose education would
be disrupted, if not ended by the forced return to Iran.
these concerns in mind, we strongly believe that the best
decision is to keep the family here in England and ask you
to consider granting them leave to remain for their benefit,
the benefit of the school which they attend and, for wider
efforts towards integration and community cohesion.
urge you to give favorable consideration to this request
and to reconsider the deportation of Child M and his family
and to grant them indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
General Secretary, NUT
Ashley calls for Child M and Ghaemi family
deportation to be halted.
Lib Dem Leader and Gorton Councillor Simon Ashley has called
on immigration minister Damien Green to halt the deportation
of Child M and the Ghaemi family to Iran ahead of a Judical
review next Wednesday (22nd Sept).
Cllr Ashley said today,
"I have written to Damien Green MP today, and asked
him to explain how the state can allow people to be deported
back to Iran, when every day we see the Iranian state violating
the human rights of its citizens? "
Cllr Ashley added,
"The Ghaemi family are well regarded in Gorton, and
I urge everyone in Gorton and across Manchester to lobby
Damien Green to get him to look at this case again."
Gerrald Kaufmann MP calls deportantion "intolerable"
Iranian woman accused by the Tehran regime of circulating
copies of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses is at risk
of being stoned and flogged if her forced removal from the
UK takes place as planned tomorrow, her MP has said.
Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Gorton, where a campaign to
prevent the family's removal is based, described as "intolerable"
the decision to remove Farah Ghaemi, 45, her son Ahmed,
20 and her 10-year-old son known as Child M.
GUARDIAN ARTICLE HERE
Child M deportation halted. For Now.
M and his family, friends and supporters were relieved to
hear tonight that a judge at the High Court in Manchester
has agreed to consider a Judicial Review application submitted
by Child M's legal team. The Judicial Review, to be held
at the High Court on Wednesday 22nd September, means that
the legal process continues and the family will not be deported
tomorrow. The legal team have done a fantastic job and we
all hope for the very best outcome. At the same time we
are waiting a decision from the European Court of Human
Rights tomorrow morning.
fight to keep Child M and his whole family in the UK continues.
We remain deeply concerned about the dangers that the family
face if they are forced to return to Iran. They cannot be
returned to Iran against their will. As the news came through
that they will not be deported tomorrow, Farah cried with
all odds, as a campaign, we have succeeded again in preventing
the deportation of the family. What now?
up the political pressure. Every single call to ministers,
MP's, Trades Unions, councillors and the press has an impact.
We need to keep demanding the family are not forcibly returned
to Iran and are given the right to permanently remain in
the UK. We have been in the situation of a temporary reprieve
before. Enough is enough for this family. Until we win,
nothing is certain and the family remain in danger. Damian
Green has made the wrong decision. We need to tell him.
thank you all enough for everthing you've done so far. Please
don't stop now.
will be calling a gathering of friends to show solidarity
with the family in Manchester City Centre very soon. Keep
watching this space.
on behalf of the Child M Campaign
Seprtember 2010 -
Tonight the situation for child m and his family remains
critical. PLEASE DO ALL YOU CAN TO
consider doing the following:
the family and members of the campaign and their supporters
on the steps at the front of the Friends Meeting House (at
the back of central library) tomorrow (12.9.10) at 11.30am.
will be leafleting the demonstration marking the start of
the TUC conference, to raise the profile of the family's
plight.We are expecting a BBC camera crew and a MASSIVE
SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILY WOULD BE INVALUABLE
Contact Damian Green MP, Immigration Minister and Teresa
May MP, Home Secretary to ask that the family be given the
right to remain in the UK. THEY MUST NOT BE DEPORTED TO
IRAN - THEY WILL NOT BE SAFE.
family are booked on flight Iran Air IR710 5.00pm. Contact
UNITE UNION to ask their members to refuse to let the plane
020 874 55791
September 2010 - 9.00am
evening the Immigration Minister, Damian Green MP, refused
to reconsider the decision to deport Farah Ghaemi and her
children to Iran.
Kaufman, MP for Gorton, made representations on behelf of
the family last week. In the Commons on Monday he asked:
"Will the Minister put an immediate stop to the UK
Border Agency's plan to ship the Ghaemi family-mother, daughter
and young son-from my constituency to Iran a week tomorrow?
The two women will undoubtedly be exposed to the possibility
of being flogged, tortured, imprisoned or stoned. Is it
not intolerable that UKBA should plan to do that, and does
the Minister want that on his conscience?"
Green has decided that Removal Directions, set for this
Tuesday, will be enforced.
Kaufman has said that the political process has now ended
and there is nothing else he can do. The legal team are
making last ditch efforts to prevent the deportation, but
the situation is becoming increasingly serious and the family
family now expect to be removed from Gorton, Manchester
on Monday 13th or Tuesday 14th September.
M and his family cannot return to Iran safely. Farah and
her daughter Mahroo stand accused of copying and distributing
copies of Salman Rushdie's book 'The Satanic Verses'. The
Iranian authorities have already issued arrest warrants
for both Farah and Mahroo.
family and members of the Child M Campaign will be at the
Manchester Against Deportations meeting at the Friends Meeting
House at 2pm this afternoon (Saturday 11th September).
join us there if you can.
situation is now critical. Please be prepared to do anything
you can to help. We will send an update later today and
regularly over the next 72 hours. Please send your mobile
number if we don't already have it and you want to be included
in text updates.
M and his family once again face the danger of imminent
deportation to Iran.
August Child M’s mother attended an interview in which
she was asked to voluntarily return to Iran otherwise she
would be forcibly removed. She refused and was informed
that she would be issued with removal orders within 2 weeks.
officials attempted to deliver papers, ordering their imminent
deportation, to the family at their home in Manchester.
At the time a documentary TV crew were at the house as Child
M is to be featured in a programme for Channel 4’s
dispatches series. The incident was reported in an article
in the Manchester
week, the family’s solicitor received a message that
the family are to be deported to Iran on September 14th.
seems this family are being included in the Coalition Governments’
trial of chartering flights to return asylum seekers with
children to their countries of origin as quickly as possible
(see article in The
We are all very concerned. It is clear to anyone familiar
with this case that the family will not be safe in Iran.
All attempts to gain asylum in the UK have been unsuccessful
despite expert witness statements which authenticate the
arrest warrant for Child M’s mother and sister.
can you do now?
you live in the Gorton constituency in Manchester, contact
Gerald Kaufman MP on 0161 652 6326. After
requests from constituents, he has represented Child M’s
family on a number of occasions. Today, (6.9.10), he raised
their case with the Home Secretary in the House of Commons.
Immigration Minister Damian Green MP on 020 7035
3986. Ask him to honour the decision taken by the
previous Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas MP, to undertake
a full review of the case. Ask for a response to the 5000
signature petition sent to the Home Office asking for this
family to be given the right to stay. Ask that this family
be allowed to stay in the UK.
previous occasions the Child M Campaign and our supporters
have worked together to prevent this family from being deported.
Sadly, the family is now in grave danger again. Please
do all you can to help them.
1st May 2010
Sadeghi returned home
evening Mahroo Sadeghi returned home to Manchester.
Wednesday morning Mahroo Sadeghi (Child M's elder sister)
was detained at their family home, taken to Longsight police
station, moved to Manchester airport and subsequently taken
to Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre.
Friday afternoon she was served with removal orders. Mahroo's
deportation to Iran was scheduled for next Wednesday.
hours of her detention, Gerald Kaufman (MP for Gorton South),
Phil Woolas (Immigration Minister) and the UKBA were deluged
with hundreds of phone calls from supporters of the Child
afternoon Mahroo was released.
THANK YOU to all Child M Campaign supporters.
everyone who acted, you made the difference.
heartfelt thanks for all your help,
Shaw on behalf of
Child M Campaign
treatment of a child
Child M’s release from detention on 8th December 2009,
the Child M Campaign has learnt that Child M was held for
a period of 8 hours on his own by detaining officers on
the day of the family’s detention.
outrageous situation arose when Child M’s mother collapsed
at the family home as they were being detained. When detaining
officers were unable to stabilise her condition themselves,
they called for an ambulance. Child M’s mother was
then taken to hospital in Manchester along with Child M’s
elder brother to act as an interpreter.
M was left on his own with detaining officers. After remaining
at home for a short while, he was taken to the hospital
in a vehicle. He was held in the vehicle outside the hospital
for a period of several hours.
the time he spent alone with the deteining officers, Child
M was questionned about his sisters’ whereabouts.
is unjustifiable to hold a child, alone, with no adult whose
job it is to represent his interests. The fact that he was
held for such a long period in a vehicle beggars belief.
Our understaning is that it is also illegal to question
a child without a responsible adult with them.
in the Guardian here
They are out!
M and his family have been released from detention tonight
after 3 weeks in Yarls Wood. No reason has been given. They
are on their way home to Manchester.
thank you to everyone who's helped in the past few weeks
from all of us involved in the Child M campaign.
is a great result. The campaign for their right to remain
in the UK continues.
update the website as soon as more details become available.
very best wishes,
on behalf of Child M Campaign
Child M campaign meets Phil
Representatives from the Child M Campaign met with Phil
Woolas tonight, Friday 4th December 2009, at his constituency
office in Oldham.
from Child M’s school, neighbours, friends and school
friends held a candlelit vigil outside and were invited
in to speak to Mr Woolas.
Woolas was handed an open letter asking for Child M and
his family to be released and given leave to remain in the
UK signed by, amongst others, Baroness Haleh Afshar, Michael
Rosen and Professor Ted Cantle OBE.
from Child M’s school expressed their deep concerns
about the effect of continued detention on Child M’s
mental health and well being.
Woolas was also handed a poster made and signed by Child
M’s friends at school asking for their friend to be
allowed to come home.
Woolas was asked to intervene immediately to release Child
M and his family from detention and to secure their right
to remain in the UK.
Woolas agreed to:
· “request the family’s
file and have a look at it”
· speak again with Sir Gerald Kaufman (the MP for
Gorton North who intervened to prevent their deportation)
· to consider the request to release the family.
M’s family’s fresh evidence was yesterday rejected
by the UK Border Agency.
from the Child M Campaign asked for his personal guarantee
that the family would not be removed immediately. The campaign
were given assurances that the deportation of the family
is not imminent.
campaign looks forward to a swift response from Mr Woolas
in the early part of next week.
remain deeply concerned for the welfare of Child M and his
family and look forward to welcoming them back to Manchester.
CHILD M PLEA
continue to be extremely concerned for the welfare of Child
M whilst he is being detained. He is showing concerning
signs of deterioration in his mental health.
M is a 9 year old boy. He and his family are facing deportation
to Iran where they face certain persecution. They are currently
being held in Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre, where
they spent 52 days in the summer of 2008.
you very much to those people who have already responded
to our email. We value everyone’s support and really
appreciate your interest.
is a letter that we're sending to the press demanding
Child M's immediate release. The first people to sign are
Michael Rosen and Baronness Haleh Afshar. We need to get
as many people to sign as possible to ensure the safety
of Child M and his family.
you have not managed to contact us so far please email us
a response in support of the attached letter which we will
then forward to the HHome Secretary. Please email us yes
by Thursday at 6.00
there is any other way you could help please contact us.
Please find legal
statement and background
document we've been sending out from the Child M campaign
this week. The documents give some background that people
will find helpful.
the evidence available to us at the moment suggests that
imprisonment at Yarls Wood is having a very damaging effect
on Child M and his family. We need to act to get him and
his family released immediately.
the campaign continues
We were advised just before the flight deadline last night
that the family of Child M has been returned to Yarl's Wood
and the deportation abandoned for the time being. We are
continuing to press for the full release as a nine year
old child is being locked up in a detention centre, which
is utterly inhumane.
was deluged with calls and there was widespread lobbying
of Gerald Kaufman that we want to continue. People can also
contact the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, to make their
views on bundling children on to planes quite clear. We
also contacted the national and local press and received
considerable interest in a very short time. This helped
to focus the minds of the Home Office and BMI.
you to yourself and everyone who has acted on Child M's
will need to do so again.