Monday , 16 September 2019

Petition set up to stop imminent removal of LGBT refugee

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(Photo: Equality Network)

Following our story yesterday regarding the arrest and threatened deportation of LGBT refugee Beverley Vaanda Kandjii and her son, a petition has been set up in an attempt to stop their imminent removal. They are due to be deported on Thursday 24th March from Heathrow to Namibia, via Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

Those wishing to can sign the petition at: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-stop-imminent-removal-of-lgbt-mother-and-son-brutally-assaulted-by-ho-officers-in-glasgow

Supporters of Beverley have issued the following statement:

“In 2013, Beverley Vaanda Kandjiii (HO Ref K1684634) and her son arrived in the UK from Namibia and claimed asylum on the same day, as entering the country. Beverley and her son fled Namibia due to the verbal and physical abuse they suffer due to her sexuality. Beverley had previously experienced forced marriage and had to live in secrecy, later being abused by her community with no protection from the Namibian state.

“Beverley  and her teen son were assaulted early in the morning of 21st of March, in their flat in Bridgeton, Glasgow by H.O./Police Officers and violently taken to Glasgow Airport. After her son refused to board the plane, they were taken to the Home Office in 200 Brand Street in Glasgow.

Members of the community and her partner, Liv, organised a peaceful protest outside to stop them from being removed. We were told directly by Beverley that she didn’t want to go in the ambulance that was called due to her injuries caused by the H.O./Police Officers during the dawn raid earlier at her flat, but then the phone was taken from her by UKBA Officers as it wasn’t “helpful’.

“After more than 10 hrs, the police broke with immeasurable violence the protest. Beverley and her son were moved to Cedars Detention Centre in England. Their forced removal is imminent on a commercial flight this THURSDAY 24TH MARCH from London Heathrow to Namibia, via Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

We’re all concerned for their wellbeing and safety if they’re removed to Namibia, and want them to remain with us in Glasgow, as she is a valuable member of the LGBT Unity group and our community in Glasgow.

“We want them to be released immediately from Cedars and to be returned to their home in Glasgow where they belong.

“Beverley and her son have done nothing but contribute positively to the Glasgow community, make friends and build deep roots here. Their home is here, their friends are here and their life is here!

“Please support and take action for Beverley!

About Kevin Crowe

Kevin Crowe
Kevin and his husband Simon live in the Highlands where they ran, before retiring, a bookshop, art gallery and restaurant. Kevin previously worked with young homeless people and an HIV/Aids worker. He describes himself as a Socialist, is out within the Roman Catholic Church and has over the years been involved in various voluntary activities, including LGBTIQ groups. Until recently he was a committee member of Highland LGBT Forum and a tutor on the Inverness based Pink Castle Philosophy Club, and is currently convenor of the Highland LGBT Writers Group. Since the late 1960s his poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, web site and anthologies.

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