By Terence Bunch Published 2010-04-30 00:00:00 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.