URGENT ACTION - New threat to deport Gambian lesbian Mariama N. on Tuesday 3rd September
Mariama Must Stay - Stop deporting LGBT refugees to renewed persecution
Mariama N, a lesbian from the Gambia, faces a new threat of deportation after she has twice stopped attempts to send her back to anti-gay persecution.
On 24 July Mariama stood her ground, refused to get on the Royal Air Maroc plane at Heathrow, resisted all the threats of the guards, challenged them on the policy and injustice they were implementing, and rejected their warnings of what would happen to her 'next time'. Another flight on 13 August was cancelled. Now Mariama has been given 'removal directions' for Tuesday 3 September, 9.15am on Monarch Airlines flight ZB5394 from Gatwick.
Mariama is part of the Movement for Justice group at Yarl's Wood detention centre and was one of women who petitioned the Home Affairs Select Committee in June, demanding that it visit Yarl's Wood and hear from them as part of its inquiry into the asylum system. If she is returned to the Gambia she faces certain persecution and the likelihood of rape, forced marriage, torture and imprisonment.
Gambia's President told the country's parliament in March this year that...
"Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization.
Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here."
Please take action to call on Monarch Airlines to refuse the flight - Tell them not to collude in sending Mariama back to persecution:
Call centre: 0871 940 5040 (open at weekends)
Holiday centre: 0871 423 8568 (open at weekends)
Monarch chartered flights dept is 08712 252 555
The Monarch Group Head Office: 0871 2250 250
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Chairman is Ian Rawlinson
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Quote Home Office references: Mariama S1447771/002
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Home Secretary Theresa May: email@example.com Fax: 020 7219 1145
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