Save Jamal Saberi from deportation to Iran

An appeal from WPI

Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei) was arrested on Thursday 4 March 2010 by the Japanese Immigration Bureau in Tokyo with the intention of deporting him to Iran.

Mr. Jamal Saberi is a well known political opponent of the Islamic Republic of Iran and has been politically active for the last 18 years in Japan. His lengthy political activities with the Worker-communist Party of Iran, and against the Islamic regime of Iran have come to the notice of Iranian authorities and he applied for refugee status to the Japanese Minister of Justice on May 10, 2001.

The fate of opponents of the regime has been well documented over the last 30 years and has gained international focus in the last 10 months: Imprisonment, widespread use of torture, rape, show trials, executions. The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to be a major abuser of human rights with no evidence of improvement.

Mr. Saberi has a well-founded fear of persecution based on his political opinion and political activities. His life and freedom would be in imminent danger if he were to be deported to Iran.

The International Federation of Iranian Refugees calls for the immediate release of Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei) and he must be granted refugee status.

We have set up an online appeal that will send your letter of protest straight to the Japanese Ministry of Justice and the UNHCR representation in Japan.

You can sign it here:

We must act quickly to save Jamal from deportation!

We call on all individuals and organisations to help save Jamal Saberi from deportation to Iran where his life and liberty are in danger.

You can also write to the Japanese embassy in the country where you live, a list with contact details is here:

We have included a sample letter at the end of this email. Please send your appeal immediately.

For further information, contact Farshad Hoseini Tel:0031 613940534 or E-mail

Thank you for your help with this appeal.

Urgent Action Network IFIR
Postbus 1312
5602BH Eindhoven,

IFIR is an international non-governmental organization with over 42-branches in 16 countries worldwide which advocates promoting and protecting the rights of Iranian refugees and asylum seekers;provides evidentiary support through its Documentation Center;and provides referrals for services.

We have also included the Japanese Ministry of Justice and UNHCR contact details here:

Ministry of Justice
Address: 1-1-1 Kasumigaseki,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8977
Phone: +81-3-3580-4111

UNHCR Representation in Japan
UN House 6th Floor
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Tel +81-3-3499-2011/2310
UNHCR Representation in Japan
Protection Unit
Tel 03-3499-2075


RE: Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei)

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to express my strongest concern over the fate of Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei) who is currently detained by the Japanese Immigration Bureau and is going to be deported to Iran from Japan. Jamal Saberi is a political opponent which will face serious persecution if deported to Iran.

I urge the Japanese Immigration Authorities to immediately release him and cancel his deportation order. I also urge the UNHCR and the Japanese Immigration Ministry to grant him refugee recognition.

I am awaiting your immediate intervention in this life-threatening situation. Needless to say, the UNHCR and the Japanese government will be held accountable for Jamal Saberi’s life and freedom.



International Women’s Day At Yarl’s Wood

8 March is International Women’s Day. In the Yarl’s Wood ‘Immigration Removal Centre’ concentration camp, women are in the fifth week of a hunger strike over arbitrary detention and imprisonment without trial, routine violence and abuse by racist thug ‘guards’, separation of mothers and children, denial of medical treatment and legal representation (there is a full list of their demands here.

Hunger strikers have been assaulted by guards and Denise McNeil, Aminata Camara, Sheree Wilson, Shellyann Stupart, Gladys Obiyan (designated as ‘ring-leaders’) have been detained in isolation in Bronzefield and Holloway prisons, again without being charged of any crime or being remanded in custody by a judge — their detention is purely administrative and on the say-so of bureaucrats in the UKBA.

The Yarl’s Wood Five and all others who have committed no crime must be released from detention immediately.

Close the detention centres! Stop the deportations!

What You Can do to Help:

The detained women are asking you to email/fax/phone/write to: Rt. Hon Alan Johnson, MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office, requesting that Denise, Aminata, Sheree, Shellyann, and Gladys, are returned to Yarl’s Wood immediately or released into the community.

Download model <Yarl’s Wood Five.doc>, which you can copy/amend/write your own version, there are no Home Office reference numbers available as the women were moved from Yarl’s Wood, without their belongings.

Rt. Hon Alan Johnson, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office
3rd Floor, Peel Buildings
2 Marsham St
London SW1 4DF
Telephone: 020 7035 0195
Fax: 0870 336 9034

Please let the campaign know of faxes/emails sent:

Please keep sending Solidarity messages

The Blood-soaked Hands Of Phil Woolas And UKBA

Three people have died after throwing themselves from the fifteenth floor of one of Glasgow’s Red Road tower blocks. When news of this tragedy first emerged yesterday, the first question was ‘does this have something to do with UK Border Agency and the Minister of State for Concentration Camps and Anti-Immigration, Phil Woolas?’ (the Red Road flats are scheduled for demolition and many of the otherwise unoccupied flats are currently used to house destitute refugees and asylum seekers). Unsurprisingly the answer is ‘yes’. ‘Unofficial’ reports leaked to the press indicated that the deceased were Kosovan nationals who had been refused leave to remain in the UK and were scheduled for ‘removal’. They are ‘removed’ now, Minister. A day’s work of which you and your department colleagues can be truly proud.

Immigration controls exist to protect the lords of Capital from the importunities of those whose wealth imperialism has expropriated. Controls are implicitly racist and unfair — not least because their roots lie in fascist agitation against Jews, Africans and Asians. New Labour and the Tories are entirely committed to Fortress Europe and its network of dehumanising concentration camps, and ‘removal’ centres, where people are declared ‘illegal’ ie ‘un-human’ by virtue of their skin colour and passport and deported to persecution, torture and murder; frequently by governments propped up by ‘the West’. This is all on the pretext that there are “not enough” jobs or houses to go around, as if there a fixed number of jobs or houses or schools. All the while the richest 1% of the world’s population grow ever richer (the wealth must be coming from somewhere) and food production and consumption and waste increase while half the world starves.

No to all immigration control legislation! No to immigration controls! Equal and full employment rights for all!

Yarl’s Wood Women ‘Locked Up And Denied Treatment’

Staff at the Yarl’s Wood migrant concentration camp are beating hunger-striking women and denying them drinking water and access to toilets and sanitation facilities. Some detainees have been locked outside, including one woman with a serious injury who has not received medical treatment, and others are locked up in the ‘punishment’ wing. Their jailers have threatened them, reportedly calling them ‘black monkeys’, telling them they ‘would regret what they have done‘.

Home Office and UKBA officials with their imperialist world view of ‘blacks’ as brute savages and ‘monkeys’, strive for a passive and submissive detainee population to facilitate the efficient processing of inmates away from this country, where, as in any proper Greek tragedy, they can be quietly tortured and murdered off stage.

The Home Office claims everything is in order and while it denies mistreatment of the women, careful reading of the statement confirms the women are being ‘punished’ for protesting against the injustices to which they are subject.

Write to Phil Woolas MP, the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration ( or and the UKBA ( to protest against the women’s brutal and dehumanising treatment.

The Guardian and Black Women’s Rape Action Project

84 + Women On Hunger Strike Behind The Wire At Yarl’s Wood IRC

Detention results from political decisions that represent a “hardening attitude towards irregular migrants and asylum seekers (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

End the Detention of Foreign Nationals Now!

Since the 5th of February 2010, we the residents at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre are on hunger strike which involves over 84 + women, who are protesting against the period of time spent in detention and the treatment that they receive while being detained.

The strike was sparked to protest and demand that the frustration and humiliation of all foreign nationals ends now.

We are demanding the following actions

  • End the frustrations, physical and mental torture at the centre
  • Allow enough time and make resources available to residents who need to fully present their cases.
  • To end all false allegations and misrepresentations by the UKBA regarding detainees in order to refuse bail or temporary admissions.
  • Access to appropriate medical treatment and care as in the community, access to edible and well cooked food, phones with good mobile connections, with camera and recording facilities to back up cases.
  • To stop the forceful removal and degrading system of deportation of detainees
  • To put law into practise, European rules governing standard of conditions of detention for migrants and asylum seekers and the length of time in detention.
  • The abolition of detention for asylum seeker and torture victims
  • Detention should be by a standard procedure prescribed by law, authorised by judicial authority and be subjected to periodic judicial reviews.
  • To end the detention of children and their mothers, rape survivors and other torture victims, to end the detention of physically, mentally sick people and pregnant women for long period of time.
  • To end the separation of children from their mothers being detained whether in detention or destitution.
  • To end the detention of women detention after serving time in prison.
  • To abolish the fast track system, in order to give asylum seekers a fair chance with their application, while understanding the particular needs of victims of torture, and access to reliable legal representation which the fast track system denies.
  • To end the repeat detention of women granted temporary admission while reporting or signing after a short period out of detention.
  • To a set period of time allowed to detain women, which should be no longer than 1 month, while waiting decision either from UKBA or court proceedings.

Finally instead of detention of foreign nationals, there are alternatives to detention stated by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). ‘The detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Europe’, adopted on the 28th January 2010, extracts below.

9.1.1. detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants shall be exceptional and only used after first reviewing all other alternatives and finding that there is no effective alternative; placement in special establishments (open or semi-open); registration and reporting; release on bail/surety; controlled release to individuals, family members, NGOs, religious organisations, or others; handover of travel and other documents, release combined with appointment of a special worker;

Full Text: Council of Europe – Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 1707 (2010) The detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Europe

Please support our concerns, lobby your MPs, Councilors, MEPs, demanding our immediate release and an end to arbitrary detention.

With Thanks,

Women behind the Wire @ Yarl’s Wood IRC

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