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British Parliament debates motion to stop deportation of Zimbabweans

THE UK Parliament is this Wednesday afternoon set to debate a motion to halt the proposed deportation to Zimbabwe of nearly 150 Zimbabweans most of who have British children and have lived in the UK for decades.

At the time of publishing, twelve (12) MPs had signed the motion, including the six who sponsored it. It had not yet had any amendments submitted.

Bedford MP Yasin Mohammad (Labour), who is among the six legislators who sponsored the motion, said: “Thank you to the MPs that have signed my urgent letter to the Home Secretary ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled deportation flight to Zimbabwe of asylum seekers. Parliament should be given the opportunity to express its view on what could be a life and death matter.”

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

The UK Parliament confirmed on its website that the motion has been set down for debate.

The motion noted that: “… this House notes the widespread violation of political and human rights in Zimbabwe; further notes the harassment and detention of political opponents and journalists; recognises that the International Trade Union Congress places Zimbabwe in the 10 worst countries for working people.”

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

The motion further “condemns the ongoing suppression of trade unions; is concerned by reports that the Government plans to deport over 50 Zimbabweans in July; calls on the Government to halt those deportation flights; notes the injustice in the deportation process, particularly given the ongoing pandemic.

Further to that, the motion “requests that any assessment that has been made of the political situation in Zimbabwe is made public; and calls on the Government to allow an urgent vote in the House on this subject before the summer recess.”

This is a developing story. More details shall be published…

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