Monday, September 21, 2009

Deportation update: Childrens Commissioner now involved

Last week this blog highlighted the case of Elizabeth Kiwunga Rushamba, who had come to the UK seeking asylum, but was in the process of being deported by the UK authorities. Sadly, the deportation went ahead - latest news is that Elizabeth was arrested and interrogated on her arrival in Uganda, but released after 2 hours. If you're the praying sort, please keep her and her 2 small children in your prayers.

The Childrens Commissioner has complained to the UK border agency about the treatment of Elizabeth's children, Marie and John:

Sir Al wrote: “I would be grateful if you could tell me why it was deemed appropriate that a four-year-old and a one-year-old be separated from their mother.

“In view of the fact that the older child has been described as being hysterical at being separated from her mother, I would like to know what justification the decision maker had for deciding on, or authorising, the separation.

“Does UKBA accept that such action could cause emotional harm to a small child, and how was this foreseeable risk balanced in deciding on the course of action taken?”

Uganda is not a safe country to be if you are known to sympathise with the opposition, and stand up for human rights, though I wonder if anyone involved in adjudicating Elizabeths case got round to reading the Amnesty International report on Uganda.

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