Emergency protest called to stop all imminent deportations of asylum seekers
A last minute demonstration has been called to stop all imminent deportations of asylum seekers under the Detained Fast Track (DFT) system, which was last week declared unlawful by the High Court.
The event will take place at the Home Office from 12pm tomorrow, 15 July.
Protest organisers note that despite a HIgh Court ruling last week that the DFT asylum system is unlawful, hundreds, including those seeking asylum for fear of persecution based on their sexuality or gender identity, may still be deported in coming weeks under the system.
Organisers state: “The only just response to the High Court decision is to release everyone on Fast Track, cancel all the refusals and removal directions given on Fast Track, and allow the victims of this system to bring new claims that they can pursue under free and fair conditions.”
Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Barker called on the government to condemn and stop the “shockingly degrading” treatment of LGBT asylum seekers by Home Office caseworkers, following publication of a leaked report in February.