On friday 17th December, a petition with over 750 signatures was delivered to Stephen Williams at the Council House in Bristol. Despite this huge show of public outcry, and the support of Mr Williams, Siva's MP, Siva's situation remains critical. Sivarajah, a 26 year old father, is to be separated from his two young children (2 and 4) if he is deported back to Sri Lanka having lived in the UK since childhood.
Sivarajah, aged 26 has been living in the UK since he was 14 years old. He has been in detention since 7th December, first at Trinity Road Police Station in Bristol and subsequently at Campsfield, Colnbrook and Dover. He was detained with no warning and no reason was given to him at the time.
During his time in detention he has been held in solitary confinement, kept in a filthy cell, misinformed and kept in the dark by the authorities about what is happening to him.
Siva is a much loved member of his community in Bristol, often cooking for 130 people at the Bristol Refugee Rights welcome centre. He is also a keen cricketer, and is a member of two cricket teams here. Demonstrators have been wearing cricket whites during protests in Bristol City Centre- hoping to appeal to the British sense of 'Fair Play'.
His deportation would be a direct contravention of the Human Rights Act, Article 8 which states that everyone has a right to family and private life. He has no family in Sri Lanka, his parents having been killed when he was 9 years old.
We hope to continue to show Damian Green, Minister for Immigration, that the public will not stand for this abhorrent treatment of asylum seekers. This petition hopes to collect even more names in support of Siva's case.
WE CALL ON DAMIAN GREEN TO RESPECT SIVA'S HUMAN RIGHTS, AND GIVE HIM LEAVE TO REMAIN IN THE UK WITH HIS CHILDREN, FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY.
If you support our call to protect Siva's human rights, please sign this petition.