Tuesday 18th October, 2005
To The R.H. Tony Blair
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
10 Downing Street
Subject: Libyan National threatened with deportation
Dear Mr Prime Minister,
We, the demonstrators here today, drawn from different parts of Britain, express our great concern for the five Libyan nationals (names listed bellow) living in the UK as political refugees. They were arrested early this month under the suspicion that they pose a threat to British national security, and are now considered for deportation back to Libya.
Mr Prime Minister, the Libyan expatriate community living in the UK, many of whom were welcomed as political refugees, are law abiding people who share your concerns for peace and security in the UK. If those Libyans arrested are suspected of acting against the law then we have every confidence in the British justice system to deal with them accordingly. However, deporting them back to Libya is an entirely different action that will undoubtedly put their lives in grave danger.
Human rights violations in Libya are well documented by international human rights organisations. Arbitrary arrest, torture and even death are the fates of those suspected of being political opponents of the regime. Amnesty International recently documented many cases of Libyan nationals, who were political refugees and deported back to Libya from various countries, including European. They were immediately detained by the Libyan regime, subjected to torture and some died as a result.
Mr Prime Minister, we strongly appeal to you and urge your government not to deport any Libyan political refugees where their human rights will definitely be violated and their lives put under grave danger. We also urge you to consider very carefully any proposed extradition treaty with Libya. The Libyan regime will never keep any promise of guaranteeing the safety or human rights of any extradited persons, and as such the British Government will be complicit in the possible deaths of any individuals returned.
The names of the detainees are:
|Ismail Kamoka||Indefinite leave ||1994|
|Abdulnaser Bourouag||Indefinite leave||July 2002|
|Khalid Abusalama||Waiting interview||October 2002|
|Albashir Mohammed||Indefinite leave||September 2002|
|Ziad Ali Hashem||Indefinite leave||January 2004|
Place of detention:
Long Lartin Prison
Tel: 01386 835100
Fax: 01386 835101
Libyan demonstrators outside 10 Downing Street
(Names and signatures are attached)