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Justice for 10 Pakistani students: Stop their unjust deportations
Petition Background (Preamble):
However, after further intensive interrogations and searches of their houses, mobile phones, hard discs and the localities where they lived, not a shred of evidence could be found against them and they were released after 20 days. Apart from one student who is a British national, they were then rearrested by the Border Police and served with deportation orders, on the pretext that they pose a risk to ‘national security’.
Nine students are appealing against the deportation orders and they remain incarcerated in high security prisons. One has since returned to Pakistan under duress. Only after six weeks of imprisonment were some of them allowed telephone contact with their families. Their bail hearing has now been adjourned until the end of July. A national campaign, Justice for the North West 10 (j4nw10), was set up in Manchester to support the students in their struggle against deportation and for justice. It is feared that they may be arrested by the Pakistani authorities if they are forced to return.
Government of the United Kingdom
We, the undersigned, express our grave concerns over the immoral arrests and incarceration of the 10 Pakistani students and at the decision to hand them over to the UK Border Agency for deportation on the suspicion of terrorism offences without any evidence being found against them. We demand from the Home Secretary–
· That the students should be released immediately and should be allowed to finish their education;
· The students should be compensated financially and with further academic and financial assistance where the arrests have caused financial and academic hardships to the students.
· The ministers who made statements about the arrests implicating these students should retract their statements and apologise to the students concerned.
The Justice for 10 Pakistani students: Stop their unjust deportations petition to The Home Secretary was written by Naeem Malik and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: pakistani students, terror laws, deportations human rights, pakistan, middle east