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Immigration (Adela Mahoro Mugabo)

Volume 471: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

As the local Member of Parliament of Adela Mahoro Mugabo, I wish to submit the petition of the Mahoro Must Stay Campaign. It contains 1,000 signatures, although a further 1,000 have been collected since the petition was handed to me a few days ago. I am delighted to support it.

The Petition of the Mahoro Must Stay Campaign,

Declares that Adela Mahoro Mugabo, who is to be removed to Rwanda, is the widow of a man murdered in 2002 by the Interharamwe Hutus, and as a Hutu herself was accused by the Rwandan Military Intelligence of covering up for her husband’s murderers. The Petitioners further declare that Mahoro was tortured and raped, and is now HIV-positive, and that if she is returned to Rwanda she will still be in danger and will be unable to get the anti-retroviral drugs she needs to survive.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Home Secretary to instruct a reconsideration of the Home Office decision and allow Adela Mahoro Mugabo to stay in the UK, a safe environment in which she will be able to lead a healthy life.