Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

They are greeted by a man going by the name of Adrian Duffy who insists that he will hand the letter to the UK Home Office Labour Minister Alan Johnson. The letter calls on the British Government to halt the deportation of Bita to Iran, to grant Bita political asylum she deserves and to recognise that Bita is not simply an immigrant, as the UK Border Agency seem to think. Home Office, London. 30th April 2010. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Save Bita Ghaedi from Deportation, Home Office. London. 30th April 2010.

By Published Last Edited 2010-04-30 00:00:00

For the second time in as many weeks supporters and campaigners gather outside the UK Home Office to implore what remains of the British Government to halt the deportation of Bita Ghaedi back to Iran.

On April 20th 2010, Bita was scheduled to be removed to Iran by the UK Border Agency but the flight failed to leave the UK. She has now been re-scheduled to be removed on May 5th on flight BD931 destination Imam Khomeini Airport, Tehran the day before the British people go to the polls to elect a new Government. She remains in detention at Yarls Wood Detention Centre and, her partner reports, is becoming very ill.

Bita has campaigned for the human rights of those imprisoned and executed in Iran during the recent appalling violence at the Iranian enclave of Camp Ashraf in Northern Iraq and during the violence seen in Iran during the aftermath of the Iranian election protests, which so far has ended in scores of Iranians imprisoned and executed for crimes of taking part in demonstrations to the do it all proscription of Mohareb (Emnity against God).

After two weeks of campaigning, Bitas supporters have now generated collosal support from well-wishers all over the world and during the last week, that support has been joined by the The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Home Office, London. 30th April 2010.

The campaigners gather outside the UK Home Office to demand that the British Government halt the deportation of Bita Ghaedi back to Iran on flight BD931 to Imam Khomeini Airport, Tehran scheduled to depart Heathrow Airport on Wednesday May 5th at 7pm.

The campaigners gather outside the UK Home Office to demand that the British Government halt the deportation of Bita Ghaedi back to Iran on flight BD931 to Imam Khomeini Airport, Tehran scheduled to depart Heathrow Airport on Wednesday May 5th at 7pm.

Office staff at the Labour controlled UK Home Office leave a staff entrance for lunch. Opposite, the campaigners hold placards, images and evidence of Bitas campaigning outside the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Downing Street.

Office staff at the Labour controlled UK Home Office leave a staff entrance for lunch. Opposite, the campaigners hold placards, images and evidence of Bitas campaigning outside the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Downing Street.

Bitas partner, Mohsen, holds a large placard of Bita while another campaigner holds up an image of Bita taken outside Downing Street taken earlier in the year outside Downing Street. She was photographed outside Downing Street during a protest organised by the Peoples Mujahdeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) itself the subject of long term proscription in Iran in which its supporters have been imprisoned and executed by the regime in a pogrom that has been in play in one form or another since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Bitas partner, Mohsen, holds a large placard of Bita while another campaigner holds up an image of Bita taken outside Downing Street taken earlier in the year outside Downing Street. She was photographed outside Downing Street during a protest organised by the Peoples Mujahdeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) itself the subject of long term proscription in Iran in which its supporters have been imprisoned and executed by the regime in a pogrom that has been in play in one form or another since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Another campaigner hold up the image of Ehsan Fattahian, a kurdish man who was accused of being part of an armed insurrection waged against the Iranian state through the use of arms. Mr Fattahian was initially sentenced to ten years exile for these so-called activities but on appeal, and after the Iranian regime became aware of the problems it was facing during the election protests, his sentence was commuted upwards to execution for Mohareb. He was then executed by hanging on the morning of 11th November 2009.

Another campaigner hold up the image of Ehsan Fattahian, a kurdish man who was accused of being part of an armed insurrection waged against the Iranian state through the use of arms. Mr Fattahian was initially sentenced to ten years exile for these so-called activities but on appeal, and after the Iranian regime became aware of the problems it was facing during the election protests, his sentence was commuted upwards to execution for Mohareb. He was then executed by hanging on the morning of 11th November 2009.

A police officer arrives at the Home Office during the demonstration but leaves after a while. Throughout, the Bita campaign has executed its campaign within the law and to date has an exemplary record of human rights campaiging, entirely in line with the nature and conduct that Bita has employed during her time while in the UK.

A police officer arrives at the Home Office during the demonstration but leaves after a while. Throughout, the Bita campaign has executed its campaign within the law and to date has an exemplary record of human rights campaiging, entirely in line with the nature and conduct that Bita has employed during her time while in the UK.

To date, the UK Home Office and the British courts have declined, refused or been unable to ascertain why Bita should not be removed from the UK to Iran. Despite a very large campaign being undertaken around the world in support of Bita, despite the Home Offices own guidance to other Governments within the British Commonwealth and despite the routine statements made by her supporters about how things work in Iran, the UK Home Office remain inactive.

To date, the UK Home Office and the British courts have declined, refused or been unable to ascertain why Bita should not be removed from the UK to Iran. Despite a very large campaign being undertaken around the world in support of Bita, despite the Home Offices own guidance to other Governments within the British Commonwealth and despite the routine statements made by her supporters about how things work in Iran, the UK Home Office remain inactive.

Bitas partner Mohsen walks with humanitarian campaigner Maria Gallastegui and Elizabeth to the entrance to the Home Office in Marsham Street to hand in a letter imploring the Home Office to halt the deportation.

Bitas partner Mohsen walks with humanitarian campaigner Maria Gallastegui and Elizabeth to the entrance to the Home Office in Marsham Street to hand in a letter imploring the Home Office to halt the deportation.

Bita is scheduled to be deported back to Iran on Wednesday 5th May 2010 at 7pm on flight BD931. If this removal is successful, the British Government will have condemned this woman to her death.

Bita is scheduled to be deported back to Iran on Wednesday 5th May 2010 at 7pm on flight BD931. If this removal is successful, the British Government will have condemned this woman to her death.