James Fallah-Williams....own up UKBA
James Fallah-Williams... Own Up, UKBA!
James has ended his hunger strike after nineteen days because he heard today that the UKBA will review his case. The news came as his supporters held a lobby on the steps of the UKBA offices in Liverpool. The UKBA agreeing to look at his case means the agency will now communicate with James’ legal representatives and assign him a caseworker. Read James' statement, and a statement from Manchester Branch NUJ here. Listen to RAPAR matron Dr Rhetta Moran speaking about the end of James' hunger strike on BBC Radio Manchester here (from 1h 44mins. Available until Aug 26th).
James has been on hunger strike since Monday 1st August in protest against the UKBA's unjust handling of his asylum case. James, resident of the UK for thirteen years, has been in 'immigration limbo' for four years, during which time the UKBA have gone as far as to persistently mislead a sitting MP about his case and ignore important legal correspondence from his solicitor. James feels the UKBA's unjust handling of his case has necessitated this drastic act of protest. James' MP, Leigh's Andy Burnham, is supporting James' case, as are the NUJ. You can also support him by emailing the model letter here quoting HO Ref: F1100038, to firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com .
The UKBA is now failing to participate in a legitimate legal process - choosing to ignore correspondence from James' solicitor. It is essential that the UKBA participate in this legal process and give James the opportunity to put his case forward. Due to the UKBA's inefficiency James, who did have legal rights to study and work, has now been trapped in immigration limbo for four years.
James, a journalist and human rights activist, arrived in the UK in 1998 after fleeing Sierra Leone at the height of its civil war. Please read about James' case, and follow regular updates, here.
We, the undersigned, support James Fallah-Williams’ right to residency in the UK.
Donations towards James' campaign are gratefully received. You can donate by clicking here