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Sinn Féin MEP to attend vigil in support of East Belfast family

20 January, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún and Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey shall attend a vigil in support of East Belfast residents Comfort Adefowoju and her family, Monday @12pm, outside Belfast City Hall.

This follows news of the families imminent deportation to Nigeria.

The family are currently being held in Yarl's Wood draconian detention centre in London.

South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey said,

"Comfort Adefowoju and her young family, originally from Nigeria, have settled in Belfast with her children and has played a positive role in the East Belfast community and are active in their local church.

"Sinn Féin shall continue to assist the campaigners in their efforts to allow this family to return to Belfast where they belong.

"I believe a strong united public voice against this deportation of a single mother and children and against the British Home Office's intransigance, lack of compassion and short sightedness on this issue is necessary.

"I am minded of the successful public campaign last year for Lordorice and Imelda from Cameroon.

"I have personally written to Jackie Smith, the Home Office Minister, and I urge everyone to attend the vigil on Monday to support this human rights issue.

"Sinn Féin is wholly committed to the rights for all our citizens and my party opposes the use of draconian detention centres for anyone in contravention of international human rights laws and shall be looking over the weekend at different ways to halt this deportation." Deireadh/Ends

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