This email just came to me from Positive Action In Housing regarding the plight of Meltem Avcil. If you want to help out email Prime Minister Gordon Brown to protest firstname.lastname@example.org and the Home Secretary, email@example.com.
‘We have just been informed that government authorization has been granted to Home Office officials to charter a private jet to remove 14 year old Hall Cross Lower pupil, Meltem Avcil, and her mother, either today or first thing tomorrow. We have been informed that removal is IMMINENT and â€œuse of forceâ€ has been authorized.
Meltem Avcil, whose 14th birthday is today, had been assessed by doctors from Medical Justice yesterday. There was concern about Meltemâ€™s psychological state, as a result of being incarcerated for three months at Yarlswood Detention Centre, after being dawn raided by an immigration snatch squad at their flat in Doncaster, their home for the past six years. Doctors requested she be transferred to Bedford hospital for assessment.
Until literally minutes ago, Meltemâ€™s supporters believed she had been transferred to Bedford hospital along with her mother. Unfortunately, our sources have informed us that it was â€œextremely worryingâ€ that Meltem was being taken from Yarls Wood WITH her mother.
What is most worrying of all is that the Childrenâ€™s Commissioner has taken up Meltemâ€™s case and Dianne Abbott MP raised her case in the House of Commons yesterday. Meltemâ€™s case was also highlighted in todayâ€™s Independent newspaper.
Meltemâ€™s mobile phone has been cut off. During her time at Yarls Wood she says she was denied access to newspaper coverage of her case. The Home Office has cut off all communication with Meltemâ€™s lawyers, despite counsel standing by to carry out a judicial review of her case.
We are concerned that Meltemâ€™s school, Hall Cross Lower, responded to Meltemâ€™s predicament by saying they â€œwish her the best of luck for the futureâ€ . We are also concerned that the National Union of Teachers, where protests were held today in Doncaster, have issued no statement on the treatment of Meltem Avcil.’
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