Asylum Seeker In UK Beaten By Security Forces

For over two hundred years Great Britain has been a sanctuary to those fleeing oppression and even refugees like Karl Marx were afforded a place of refuge on its shores. Anseime Noumbiwa, a refugee from the Cameroons, fled his country in search of escape from torture and brutality, but British immigration officials denied his claim for asylum. He was forced on a plane where upon resisting, security forces beat him in an effort to make him accept deportation. Fortunately, plane staff refused to allow him to be forced on the plane and he was returned. On the second attempt to force him to get on a plane, he was again beaten. When he was forced on an Air France plane, passengers intervened to prevent him from being sent to certain torture.

This is an incident about brutality toward a human who was being sent back to torture, but, unfortunately, it is not the first such case to come out of the UK in recent months. There have been several such incidents in which people were forcibly deported regardless of the risk to their lives. Certainly, this is not in the historic spirit of Great Britain as the home for those fleeing oppression.

  • Richard

    Unfortunately due

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  • journeyer58

    Unfortunately, in this day and age of terrorism and the expulsion of immigrants, we are witnessing the true nature of man, xenophobia and the other being blamed for the ills of any country.
    Too sad, that we all pay the price for the xenophobic nature of certain countries that have in the past been havens of refuge for those seeking asylum from torture and death.
    Canada is now in the same boat as America and England. We are all becoming afraid of the other and with that becoming more and more exclusionary of those who would be good citizens of our respective countries.
    Should a sane and sound leadership come into play, then we may see sound immigration policies once again. Until then, we must expect this kind of treatment for those who seek haven, and from those who control the rights of immigrants to stay in our respective countries.

  • Fred Stopsky

    Well said. Thanks.