UK : Pegah Emambakhsh is Free
The message today from Sheffield (September 11, 2007) :
We have some good news at last!
Pegah was granted bail this morning, is now out of Yarls Wood Detention Centre and back with people who will love and care for her. The Court of Appeal have also agreed to hear her case. It will be listed within the next couple of weeks and will be heard sometime in the next few months, we believe.
There are also other actions that we know are being taken on her behalf, by influential organisations at a high level in the UK.
We really don’t think that we would have got this far without the fantastic work you have put in supporting Pegah. She is truly grateful and gives her heartfelt thanks to you all – as do we. It is impossible to overstate the value of your support.
This does not mean that Pegah is out of the woods but she is now in a much more hopeful position.
As you will understand Pegah needs time to recover from the ordeal of the past few weeks. She also needs to get back in touch with the ordinary business of living her life in some peace and tranquility.
We will keep you updated as events develop.
Love and solidarity to you all
Friends of Pegah
Friends of Pegah Campaign
c/o Victoria Hall Methodist Church
Sheffield S1 2JB
Gruppo EveryOne : Late morning on September 11th Pegah Emambakhsh was released from the Yarls Wood Detention Centre and is now back with people who will love and care for her. The Court of Appeal has also agreed to hear her case. It will be listed within the next couple of weeks and heard some time in the next few months, we believe. Pegah was so emotional as she left the detention centre and her supporters in Sheffield were in tears as they took her home.
The Iranian woman is no longer considered an illegal immigrant, she is now a refugee awaiting asylum. Her first thoughts went to the friends who have helped her and rescued her three times from the plane deporting her to her death. The EveryOne group, which is responsible for organising a vast international campaign from Italy, was the first to receive the news of her release, which the “Friends of Pegah Campaign” confirmed today via e-mail. “It had appeared a desperate undertaking, one with no possible solution,” commented Roberto Malini (Gruppo EveryOne) “because Pegah’s destiny had already been decided. Instead we fought with all our might for her life, and stirred up a vast people’s movement campaign. Pegah is our “Ann Frank”, an innocent woman, in prison for no crime, destined for deportation and death by stoning. But this time we did it. Her executioners didn’t win, the right to live won instead.” Pegah is free, but she is still not out of danger. This time, of course, the Court of Appeal will evaluate her case carefully, there will be no irresponsible superficiality that led to the first verdict, but we have to remain on our guard. “Yes, because Pegah’s case could become the first stone of a new juridical structure,” says Matteo Pegoraro (Gruppo EveryOne) “a structure, a building in which we can finally celebrate justice and respect for human rights, not violence, abuse and horror. The British Government, in fact, is at a junction, it has the chance to follow the path of true civilization, which cannot disregard the protection of the weak and persecuted, nor ignore that of brutality, injustice, complicity in persecution and genocide.
Pegah now needs time to recover from the ordeal of the past few weeks. She also needs to get back in touch with the ordinary business of living her life in peace and tranquillity. “The pressure on Pegah must be slackened,” concludes Dario Picciau (Gruppo EveryOne), “but the battle for the human rights of refugees and the persecuted will continue. Tomorrow the President of the European Parliament will forward to Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, a previously-announced letter in which he firmly asks for Pegah to be granted asylum and greater respect for the international laws that protect refugees. In the meantime, members of the Gruppo EveryOne are preparing a document that shows the violations committed by the United Kingdom and other democratic countries towards immigrants fleeing from nations they are persecuted in, as very rarely they are granted refugee status. Pegah’s case must become the symbol of a change which is absolutely necessary in the field of human rights.”
The EveryOne Group . Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro, Dario Picciau, Ahmad Rafat, Steed Gamero, Glenys Robinson, Fabio Patronelli, Arsham Parsi, Salvatore Conte.