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Innocent Must Stay Campaign

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I present a petition to the House of Commons for which 4,199 signatures have been collected by the “Innocent Must Stay” campaign, working in collaboration with local churches, community organisations and the Tameside Advertiser and Tameside Reporter in order to prevent the deportation of my constituent, Innocent Nkung, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The petitioners assert that as a member of the pro-democracy Christian Union for Renewal and Justice, which helped to organise against the DRC Government’s attempts to block elections, Innocent was imprisoned, raped and tortured by supporters of the DRC Government. The petitioners also assert that Innocent’s family have been further terrorised by the regime since Innocent fled the country in May last year, and that Innocent would be placed in serious danger if he were to return at this time.

The Petition of the Innocent Must Stay Campaign

Declares that Innocent-Prosper Nkung Empi deserves to be given asylum within the United Kingdom due to his and his family’s recent experiences of torture by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge Her Majesty’s Government to show compassion and to allow him to stay safely within the United Kingdom.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.