Union Policy UP0711 Motion to Stop the Deportation of Guy Njike Proposer: Sara Hall, 2nd year PhD Hebrew and Jewish Studies department Passed: Annual General Meeting Reconvened 5 March 2008 Lapses: Autumn 2009 This Union Notes: 1. Guy Njike (University of London, Human Rights post-graduate student 2004) is currently facing deportation to Cameroon. 2. Guy Njike was imprisoned and tortured by the government of Cameroon as a result of his non-violent political dissent as a member of the Social Democratic Front and fears further imprisonment and torture should he be forced to return. 3. The Foreign Office’s report on Cameroon notes “NGOs and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture have highlighted extra-judicial executions, protracted detention without trial, torture of detainees and appalling prison conditions in recent years.” 4. The US State Department’s report on Cameroon “The government [of Cameroon]’s human rights record remained poor, and it continued to commit numerous human rights abuses. Security forces committed numerous unlawful killings; they regularly engaged in torture, beatings, and other abuses, particularly of detainees and prisoners. Impunity was a problem in the security forces. Prison conditions were harsh and life-threatening.” 5. Guy Njike has lived in the UK for nine years, attended and graduated from the University of London and maintains extensive social, personal, and community ties with the UCL and University of London community. 6. University of London current students and alumni have organized a campaign against Guy Njike’s deportation. They have organized and carried out several recent public demonstrations and collected over 1600 signatures and supporters include Jeremy Corbyn MP and Lorde Joffe CBE, This Union Believes: 1. That deporting Guy Njike to Cameroon would amount to complacency in human rights violations against him. 2. That Guy Njike was a non-violent political prisoner working for democracy and human rights in Cameroon 3. That these deportation proceedings should be opposed This Union Resolves: 1. To mandate the Union Executive to draft and sign an open letter to the Home Secretary and Minister of State for Borders and Immigration calling on them to reexamine Guy Njike’s case and prevent his deportation and to send a copy of that open letter to all University of London student publications. 2. To mandate the Union Executive to issue a press release publicizing the Union’s position as defined in the ‘believes’ section to as many available media outlets as feasible. 3. To mandate the Media and Communication’s Officer to add a text link on the Union’s front page to http://stopdeportationofguy.wordpress.com within seventy two hours. 4. To permit the campaign to stop the deportation of Guy Njike to collect donations from students at the Union’s building in 25 Gordon Street and to allow and facilitate their organization of a benefit event for Guy Njike in the Union should they wish to do so.