Further information

Flight details

Muhammad’s removal directions state that he will be removed on a charter plane at 22:30 on Tuesday 27th October 2015.

Mass deportation by private charter plane comes with added risks and an absence of scrutiny.

It appears that Pakistan’s access to British aid and investment is partly conditional on accepting deportations from the UK.

A briefing on mass deportation charter flights is available here.

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PETITION

Please click here to sign and share a petition urging Theresa May to help keep Muhammad safe.

WRITE TO MPs

Below are some template letters to MPs urging them to act to help Muhammad. If you have time to send them all, that would be brilliant – or if you only want to send one or two, here’s some info about the options.

If you live in Hilary Benn’s constituency, this is ideal as it means you have the same MP as Muhammad, so your email will be doubly relevant.

UPDATE 16/09/15: Muhammad’s MP Hilary Benn has responded and his office has contacted the Home Office to make representations in support of Muhammad’s case. This is great news – but it is by no means certain to lead to a change in Muhammad’s situation, so please please keep emailing! We have updated the template letter to Mr Benn based on this news.

UPDATE 18/09/15: We have today attended Hilary Benn’s surgery on Muhammad’s behalf. He is aware of the new independent medical evidence stating that Muhammad is “manifestly unfit to fly” and his office has contacted the Home Office with this new report to emphasise the urgency of the situation.

You can also write to the new Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, as Harmondsworth detention centre falls within his constituency.

UPDATE 18/09/15: John McDonnell MP has responded to say he will do all he can to assist Muhammad. This is great news – but it is by no means certain to lead to a change in Muhammad’s situation, so please please keep emailing! We have updated the template letter to Mr McDonnell based on this news.

You can write to Home Secretary Theresa May MP, who has the ability to keep Muhammad safe.

You can also write to your own MP – they are obliged to respond to their own constituents. Some have responded that they cannot do anything as Muhammad is not their constituent, but others have made representations on Muhammad’s behalf – so it is still worth writing!

UPDATE 30/09/15: Delyn MP David Hanson has, in response to your letters, written to the Home Office regarding Muhammad’s case as a demonstration of the failure of national asylum policy. We will post any updates here. If your MP feels unable to make representations specifically about Muhammad’s case, this is a great alternative.

UPDATE 21/09/15: Mid Dorset and North Poole MP Andrew Tomlinson has, in response to your letters, agreed to write to the Home Office about Muhammad’s case. We will post any updates here. Please keep emailing and ask your MP to do the same.

UPDATE 18/09/15: Oxford East MP Andrew Smith has, in response to your letters, agreed to make representations to the Home Office about Muhammad’s case. We will post any updates here. Please keep emailing and ask your MP to do the same.

UPDATE 16/09/15: Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland has, in response to your letters, written to Theresa May and to Shirley Longden, Regional Manager at UK Visas and Immigration, about Muhammad’s case. We will update you on any response received. Please keep emailing and ask your MP to do the same.

Templates for writing all four letters are below, should you wish to use them – or of course you can write your own personal message, which can have a greater impact.

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Template letters:

TO MUHAMMAD’S MP, HILARY BENN: hilary.benn.mp@parliament.uk

Dear Mr Benn

Re. forced removal of your constituent Muhammad Sajjad on Tuesday 27th October at 22:30 on charter flight PVT100 from Heathrow

I know you are aware of Muhammad’s situation and thank you for contacting the Home Office in support of his case previously. However, it has come to my attention that Muhammad Sajjad has been told he will be removed on Tuesday 27th October to Pakistan, where he fears for his life.

Muhammad has a new solicitor who is a leading specialist in combatting human trafficking. His solicitor believes that he has a strong case. There is very firm evidence that Muhammad is a victim of human trafficking and forced labour. However, the Home Office have repeatedly not taken this evidence into account and are now trying again to forcefully remove Muhammad from the country.

Muhammad also suffers serious mental and physical health difficulties and has a history of suicide attempts. It is the opinion of medical experts that he is “manifestly unfit to fly” and that no services exist in Pakistan to meet his mental health needs. These facts have been discounted by the Home Office.

I am concerned for Muhammad’s wellbeing and ask you, as his MP and as someone who supports the rights of refugees, to urge the Home Office to remove him from the flight, release him from detention and allow time for the full evidence in his case to be properly considered.

Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

[Name]

To tweet Hilary Benn: @hilarybennmp

TO JOHN MCDONNELL, MP FOR HARMONDSWORTH: mcdonnellj@parliament.uk

Dear Mr McDonnell

Re. forced removal of Muhammad Sajjad on Tuesday 27th October at 22:30 on charter flight PVT100 from Heathrow

I know you are aware of Muhammad’s situation and thank you for contacting the Home Office in support of his case previously. However, it has come to my attention that Muhammad Sajjad has been told he will be removed on Tuesday 27th October to Pakistan, where he fears for his life.

Muhammad has a new solicitor who is a leading specialist in combatting human trafficking. His solicitor believes that he has a strong case. There is very firm evidence that Muhammad is a victim of human trafficking and forced labour. However, the Home Office have repeatedly not taken this evidence into account and are now trying again to forcefully remove Muhammad from the country.

Muhammad is a victim of trafficking and forced labour. He also suffers serious mental and physical health difficulties and has a history of suicide attempts. It is the opinion of medical experts that he is “manifestly unfit to fly” and that no services exist in Pakistan to meet his mental health needs. These facts have been discounted by the Home Office.

Muhammad has now been detained for over a month. Home Office detention policy states that “those suffering from serious mental illnesses which cannot be satisfactorily managed in detention” should only be detained in the most exceptional of circumstances (of which there are none in this case). Muhammad’s mental health is not being satisfactorily managed at Harmondsworth.

I am concerned for Muhammad’s wellbeing and ask you, as MP for the Harmondsworth area and as someone who supports the rights of refugees, to urge the Home Office to remove him from the flight, release him from detention and allow time for the full evidence in his case to be properly considered.

Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

To tweet John McDonnell: @johnmcdonnellmp

TO THERESA MAY, HOME SECRETARY AND MP FOR MAIDENHEAD – PLEASE NOTE IT IS BEST TO COPY IN BOTH EMAIL ADDRESSES: mayt@parliament.uk and public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Dear Ms May

Re. forced removal of Muhammad Sajjad on Tuesday 27th October at 22:30 on charter flight PVT100 from Heathrow

It has come to my attention that Muhammad Sajjad has been told he will be removed on Tuesday 27th October to Pakistan, where he fears for his life.

Muhammad is a victim of trafficking and forced labour. He also suffers serious mental and physical health difficulties and has a history of suicide attempts. It is the opinion of medical experts that he is “manifestly unfit to fly” and that no services exist in Pakistan to meet his mental health needs. These facts have been discounted by the Home Office.

Muhammad is still locked up in detention in spite of his poor health. The most recent of several medical reports in support of Muhammad’s case states:
-he is “manifestly unfit to fly”;
-it is “likely that immigration detention is exacerbating his pre-existing mental illness”; and
-it is “likely that his mental health could improve if he were treated in a community setting”; but
-treatment is “unlikely to be effective unless and until he is able to feel subjectively safe”.

Home Office detention policy states that “those suffering from serious mental illnesses which cannot be satisfactorily managed in detention” should only be detained in the most exceptional of circumstances. There are no such circumstances in Muhammad’s case, and his mental health, far from being satisfactorily managed, is deteriorating. Staff at the detention centre have on several occasions failed to give him his medication, exacerbating an already highly distressing situation.

I hope you will agree that given his outstanding case and the current medical evidence, it is unfair and unproductive to forcibly remove Muhammad from the country and to keep him in indefinite detention. I am concerned for Muhammad’s wellbeing and ask you remove him from the flight and release him from detention in order to allow time for the full evidence in his case to be properly considered.

Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

[Name]

To tweet the Home Office: @ukhomeoffice

TO YOUR OWN MP: Click here to find and email your MP

Dear [name of MP]

Re. forced removal of Muhammad Sajjad on Tuesday 27th October at 22:30 on charter flight PVT100 from Heathrow

It has come to my attention that Muhammad Sajjad has been told he will be removed on Tuesday 27th October to Pakistan, where he fears for his life.

Muhammad is a victim of trafficking and forced labour. He also suffers serious mental and physical health difficulties and has a history of suicide attempts. It is the opinion of medical experts that he is “manifestly unfit to fly” and that no services exist in Pakistan to meet his mental health needs. These facts have been discounted by the Home Office.

Muhammad is still locked up in detention in spite of his poor health. The most recent of several medical reports in support of Muhammad’s case states:
-he is “manifestly unfit to fly”;
-it is “likely that immigration detention is exacerbating his pre-existing mental illness”; and
-it is “likely that his mental health could improve if he were treated in a community setting”; but
-treatment is “unlikely to be effective unless and until he is able to feel subjectively safe”.

Home Office detention policy states that “those suffering from serious mental illnesses which cannot be satisfactorily managed in detention” should only be detained in the most exceptional of circumstances. There are no such circumstances in Muhammad’s case, and his mental health, far from being satisfactorily managed, is deteriorating. Staff at the detention centre have on several occasions failed to give him his medication, exacerbating an already highly distressing situation.

I hope you will agree that given his outstanding case and the current medical evidence, it is unfair and unproductive to forcibly remove Muhammad from the country and to keep him in indefinite detention. I am concerned for Muhammad’s wellbeing and ask you remove him from the flight and release him from detention in order to allow time for the full evidence in his case to be properly considered.

Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

[Name, address]

Help Keep Muhammad Safe

URGENT: Help keep Muhammad safe

You may have seen last week’s Guardian article about hosting destitute refugees, featuring our good friend and former guest Muhammad.

Muhammad has yet to see a copy of the paper, because by horrible coincidence he was detained by the Home Office on the very morning it was published. They now plan to forcibly remove him NEXT MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER and send him back to Pakistan, where he fears for his life.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACT NOW TO SUPPORT MUHAMMAD

UPDATE 16/09/15: The Guardian has now published this follow-up piece

Muhammad was badly beaten up and left for dead due to his dad’s political allegiances. His family sold their land to pay people to take him to “a better life” in the UK. The people were traffickers and he ended up in slavery and debt bondage in Manchester, before finding out he could apply for asylum.

Muhammad’s case has never been properly considered by the Home Office. They have refused to take into account expert evidence saying that he exhibits all the signs of having been trafficked into forced labour. Not only this, but Muhammad has serious mental and physical health problems. Doctors have said that he is unfit to fly and that there are no available services in Pakistan to meet his mental health needs. He has on four occasions been driven to suicide attempts by his past experiences and by the level of disbelief and accusation from the Home Office.

Muhammad’s solicitor was preparing to apply for judicial review, the next stage in appealing the Home Office’s decisions. But instead he was detained and taken to Harmondsworth ‘Immigration Removal Centre’ (aka prison). We have visited Muhammad there and it is a truly appalling place that shames Britain, where his mental health cannot possibly be adequately looked after.

Muhammad dreams of safety and stability in his life; of having a home to welcome people to; of one day opening a restaurant and using his skills as a chef.

Muhammad was incredibly touched when we told him about all your expressions of positivity and compassion following the Guardian article. He now needs your support more than ever.

ACT NOW TO HELP KEEP MUHAMMAD SAFE

THANK YOU in advance for your support. It means a huge amount.