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NUJ intervention wins reprieve for Iraqi journalist

1 February 2013

A campaign led by the Manchester and Salford NUJ branch has blocked the deportation of Rzhwan Amin, a Kurdish-Iraqi journalist asylum seeker.

Following notice of a judicial review, Rzhwan's flight was cancelled at the eleventh hour.

Kath Grant, branch secretary, said:

"Rzhwan has asked us to say thank you on his behalf - he really appreciated your support. Many thanks to everyone who sent emails to the Home Secretary,  MPs and thank you to those who contacted Royal Jordanian Airline. The campaign will continue until he is given leave to remain and we will keep you updated."

Rzhwan Amin (Jaf), who had been living in Tameside, Greater Manchester, was sent to Morton Hall immigration removal centre, Lincolnshire, after being detained when he went to report at Dallas Court Home Office Reporting Centre, Salford, on 8 January.

Rzhwan, aged 32, wrote political reports for a newspaper in Kirkuk, a city which is disputed territory in Iraq. He was forced to flee after he received threats following the publication of his articles. He also wrote several political articles while he was studying philosophy at Baghdad University.

Rzhwan escaped through Turkey and ended up in the UK where he claimed asylum in June 2010.

If you want to keep in touch with the campaign please contact Manchester and Salford Branch Secretary Kath Grant kath.northernstories@googlemail.com.

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