UK Immigration: Bahraini Asylum Seeker faces Deportation

An increasing number of foreign nationals living in the UK are being subjected to deportation orders. A deportation order requires a person(s) to leave the United Kingdom along with authorising his or her detention until he or she are removed by a ‘notice for deportation’. It also prohibits that person from re-entering the country for as long as it is in force and invalidates any leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom. In the news today, Isa Haider Alaali, a Bahraini teenager is due to be deported to Bahrain on Thursday morning despite having been sentenced in absentia to 5 years in jail for illegal gathering and rioting during a 2011 uprising.

Ala’a Shehabi: Home Office not taking into account ‘credible risk of harm’

Alaali, is a 19 year old from Bahrain who claimed asylum in the UK, however his asylum application has been rejected twice and he now fears being deported to the Gulf state. The 19-year-old was arrested three times in Bahrain for attending pro-democracy protests that shook the Gulf Kingdom in 2011. He claims when he was first arrested he was subject to torture. The teenager fled to the UK after his third arrest seeking asylum. Alaali, was placed on Fast Track Detention (FTD) on 14 February 2014 and on 15 May 2014, the Home Office ordered Alaali to be deported to Bahrain.

Ala’a Shehabi, a Bahraini-British political activist and member of Bahrain Watch group commented on the injustice:

The UK government has a responsibility towards him. The government is not taking into consideration this boy’s risk factor. The UK, despite being given information about credible risk of harm, is knowingly sending him back to Bahrain.”

An urgent judicial review of the Home Office decision to remove Alaali has been filed. The urgent application for an injunction to postpone his removal which is set for 22 May 2014 at 10am.

Claiming Asylum In The UK

To be recognised as a refugee, you must:

  • have left the country you’re a national of or, if you’re stateless, the country you usually live in
  • be unable to go back because you fear persecution
  • be unable to live safely in another part of the country you left
  • have failed to get protection from authorities in the country you left

This persecution must be because of your:

  • race
  • religion
  • nationality
  • political opinion
  • membership of a particular social group that puts you at risk because of the social, cultural, religious or political situation in your country – eg your gender, gender identity, sexual orientation.

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