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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Ramfel and the Home Office's offensive adverts

Sky News report that 'Users of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London (Ramfel) have told the Home Office it has until August 8 to ditch the "offensive" adverts.

If it refuses, they plan to apply for a judicial review.

The adverts are being displayed on billboards carried by vans in six London boroughs as part of a pilot scheme.

They tell illegal immigrants to "Go home, or you'll be picked up and deported" and could be extended nationwide.

Lawyers for Ramfel have written to the Home Office to warn it has broken its duty to cut discrimination and harassment and to foster good community relations.

"Our clients believe that although the Government says the campaign is aimed at migrants who are in the UK illegally, it will adversely affect attitudes towards people from migrant communities who are here lawfully," they said.

"We are instructed to apply for a judicial review after August 8 unless the Home Office agrees not to continue the campaign and to remove the offending literature from the communities."'

Ramfel does great work in this borough helping those who have fled persecution and terrible conditions in their native countries to seek refuge in the UK.

Rita Chadha, Ramfel's chief executive has quite rightly stated of the Home Office adverts: “It’s a travesty of justice, it incites racial hatred and it inflames community tension. It’s just going to scare people to think that immigration is a huge problem when it’s not ... The vans are reminiscent of the 1960s when public leaflets were telling those who were foreign that they were not welcome or to go back home.”


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