Many readers will know about the St Silas' couple who are fostering a young Eritrean asylum seeker, Rima Andmariam. They are on television (BBC1) in Scotland only on Wednesday 19th May at 22:45. The programme is called “Truth, Lies, and Asylum Seekers” and is a full-length documentary about the situations of three asylum seekers in Glasgow. The story of their family is one of the three. It is also available on Sky 971.
With a new Parliament and a new Government and a new Home Secretary there is a fresh opportunity to bring Rima’s case to the attention of new Ministers.
Robert and Alison write:
Our campaign is entering a new critical phase. Rima will turn 18 on 1st July, and the law covering her situation changes. There is a good chance that the Border Agency will try to deport her soon after then if we have not managed some progress either legally or politically beforehand. However, we have new MPs and a new UK government is in power, so now we are able to resume campaigning.Thanks to your support, our MP, John Robertson, did write to the former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, on Rima’s behalf just before Parliament was dissolved, asking that at the very least she be given the opportunity to claim asylum in the UK. Unfortunately the reply he received simply announced that with Parliament being dissolved and the election period imminent no action could be taken. In addition, Catherine Stihler, our MEP, raised a question in the European Parliament (thanks to Rima’s friend Douglas, aged 8) and has received a full and helpful reply from President Barroso, President of the European Commisson.
A new range of letters is suggested, depending on who
was elected to Westminster in your constituency. We do not believe at this stage
that we need more letters to MSPs or the Scottish Government at the moment, but
Scots may wish to write to the new Scottish Secretary as well as to their MP.
This is especially worth while given the announcement by the new Prime Minister,
David Cameron, that there will be full co-operation with then Scottish
Government on all issues. Please do personalise the letters as much as you feel
able, and have time for. The more individual a letter the more impact it makes
on all of these politicians and their administrative
Sample letters are available at: