Huppert fights to get help for hunger striker

7 November, 2013 No Comments

MP Julian Huppert is fighting to get urgent medical treatment for a Nigerian asylum seeker who has been on hunger strike for 90 days.

Isa Muazu weighs just 50 kilograms and is no longer able to see or stand.

But, despite his frail condition, Home Secretary, Theresa May has ordered his deportation from the UK.

Julian has launched a petition asking Ms May to release Mr Muazu on bail to hospital so that he can receive the treatment he needs. He has also co-signed a letter from MPs and peers asking for his release saying there may not be enough time left to appeal Mr Muazu’s case.

“This is an extremely distressing case,” said Julian. “Mr Muazu desperately needs medical help and the only way he can receive that help is to be released from detention on bail.

“His condition is critical and I am asking the Home Secretary to show some compassion before Mr Muazu dies or suffers permanent damage to his health.

“There have been too many people dying or suffering serious harm in our detention centres or in the removal process; I don’t want Mr Muazu to become another statistic. He deserves so much better than that and as a country we should be doing so much better than that.”

Mr Muazu, who is at Harmondsworth Detention Centre, says if he returns to Nigeria he expects to be targeted by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, who have already reportedly killed several members of his family.

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