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‘11th hour window of opportunity’ in deportation case welcomed

22 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Human Rights and Equality spokesperson Martina Anderson MLA has welcomed the delay in the planned deportation of Lordorice Djountso and her daughter from Ireland to Cameroon as a positive window of opportunity.

Ms Anderson said;

"This Home Office U-turn is a response to political pressure and people power and has resulted in a stay for Lordorice until May 30th. This should give the authorities time to review and assess the case.

"This case is a human rights issue, and Lordorice and Imelda should be allowed to return home to South Belfast where they belong. Lordorice has faced grave danger in her homeland and I again appeal for compassion in this case.

"Lordorice is a hard working community activist and a welcome addition to the community. My party colleague Martin McGuinness and myself have written to the Home Office and have given our full support to this campaign.

"I will raise this issue with the Human Rights Commission when I meet with them tomorrow." Deireadh

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