The Socialist Unity Network

Stop the deportation of Charles Beaudelaire Pouaha


     Charles faces another attempt to remove him to Camaroon on 2nd August 2004.  Three previous attempts to remove Charles failed when the pilots of the planes seeing the very distressed state that Charles was in refused to carry him.
     The dictatorship of Paul Biya has been stepping up repression of opposition and human rights activists in the run-up to the presidential elections in October 2004.  Amnesty International reports that several demonstrators have been killed, political activists detained and prevented from holding meetings and journalists and trade unions arrested for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

     The Cameroonian government also used 'malicious prosecution, arbitrary arrest and excessive force against demonstrators as tools of political repression' .  This includes the use of lethal force against demonstrators, killing several, with no action taken against the police responsible.
(Amnesty International Annual Report 2004.)

     In November 2003 the UN Committee against Torture expressed grave concern about 'systematic torture' of people arrested by the police and gendarmes in Cameroon, and reported that conditions in many prisons amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
      The Home Office have turned his application down on the grounds that he has not provided sufficient proof of the persecution he suffered, or that any of this persecution was directed towards him personally. Yet when he tried to lodge a fresh claim, with new evidence that supported his case further, the Home Office said that they would not accept this evidence as it could be forged.

     How can Charles obtain protection when the Home Office turn him down for not having enough evidence and then refuses to accept it when he produces more?

     Charles' first application for asylum in the UK was turned down through no fault of his own, because of bad legal representation from his first solicitor, who then stopped representing him when the final adjudicator's decision went against Charles, even though there were a number of mistakes in it. In desperation, Charles wrote and appealed against the decision himself, but because he has no training in British immigration law there were points that could have helped his case which he was unable to include.
     However, despite the fact that at this point Charles was without legal representation, this appeal he made was his one last chance to have the decision in his case re-considered. As it was he lost any possibility of a judicial review of the adjudicator's final decision.

     Charles will be at serious risk of imprisonment, torture and death if he is returned to Cameroon. In the run-up to elections, which are expected to take place in October, the dictatorship of Paul Biya is stepping up its persecution and repression of people involved in opposition organisations and movements.

 Charles has a good case for asylum in the UK; he also has a good case to be allowed to remain in the UK on grounds of human rights (in particular, the right not to be returned to a country where he is likely to be subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment or punishment).
     What you can do to help:
     Fax/write to the Home Secretary requesting that Charles Beaudelaire Pouaha is allowed to stay. You can use the model letter attached copy/amend/write your own version, feel free to add your own comments especially if you know Charles personally. (Give Charles a ring 01293 434800)

 You can fax David Blunkett on 020 7273 3965 from outside the UK + 44 20 7273 3965

 Or write direct:

 David Blunkett
 Home Secretary
 Home Office
 50 Queen Anne's Gate
 London SW1H 9AT

 Enquiries/further information:

 Please notify the campaign by email of any faxs/letters sent:

 Charles Beaudelaire Pouaha Must Stay
 Cameroon Asylum Seekers Defence Campaign
 10, Saint Mary's Approach
 Church Road
 Manor Park
 E12 6HG

Source for this message:   
Cameroon Asylum Seekers Defence Campaign


July 2004


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