Josafa Santos sign now

To:
John Denham MP (Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee)
Liam Byrne MP (Minister for Immigration)
cc:
Damien Green MP (Shadow Minister for Immigration)
Nick Clegg MP (Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Home Affairs)
The Brazilian Embassy

We, the undersigned, have heard of the treatment received by Mr Josafa Santos when he attempted to visit the UK for a two month course of study (28th February 2007 Heathrow Airport Flight TP 384 (from Portugal original flight 192 from Sao Paulo))

We would request that:

1) Mr Santos be given immediate permission to return to the UK to undertake this course of study;
2) An apology is issued to Mr Santos for the emotional and financial distress he suffered;
3) An investigation is undertaken as to whether the treatment received by Mr Santos at the hands of immigration officers breached his human rights.

Mr Santos has welcomed and supported many British and American visitors in his home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He works many hours, teaching and studying English. He does to support his young family and to serve his local community.

His ambition is to perfect his English skills to further his career. It has long been Mr Santos dream to come to the UK to advance his studies and then return to Brazil. He has no wish or intention of staying in the UK.

On 28th February 2007 Mr Santos arrived in the UK but was refused entry for a two-month course of study. This was despite having a letter of acceptance from a reputable college, an international credit card, money for two months, a course that had been paid for in full and accommodation that had been part paid. Mr Santos has many friends in the UK who would support him financially, ensuring he would not need to take employment during his stay.

Immigration officials interviewed Mr Santos for several hours. During this time he was:
h denied access to his medication;
h not given food or refreshments;
h left to sleep on a wooden bench with no bedding over night;
h told he didnt need to study in England, that he could study in Brazil.

We look forward to your response.

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Latest Signatures

  • 20 December 2015250. Tom M
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 2015249. Ruth B
    I implore you to take note of this man's case- the authorities treatment of him is indefencible
  • 29 November 2015248. Lyn C
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015247. Mrs Md
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  • 01 October 2015246. Susan S
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  • 29 September 2015245. Sam G
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  • 28 September 2015244. Rachel G
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  • 22 September 2015243. Steve W
    I think this treatment is incredibly unjust. The government had no evidence to support the theory that he was a terrorist, and has breached his human rights. I hope that this issue is brought to justice!!!
  • 09 September 2015242. James Matthewp
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  • 06 September 2015241. Hannah D
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  • 05 September 2015240. Emma L
    this is disgraceful behaviour
  • 11 July 2015239. Rachel B
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  • 26 April 2015232. Sarah K
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  • 16 April 2015231. Tanya A
    its just so appauling, especially as someone who does languages, any oppurtunity to study abroad is a great one and should not be stopped no matter where you are from.
  • 05 April 2015230. Ben W
    It's difficult to pick out exactly what happened in this case having only read one view of events, but it does seem at the very least that things were not clearly explained to Mr Santos and that he was treated badly and though it's hardly the most relevan
  • 30 March 2015229. Gladys N
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  • 28 February 2015226. Steve D
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  • 27 February 2015225. Jane K
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  • 18 February 2015224. Nick H
    I was appalled to read of Josafa's treatment, and concerned that this is probably not an isolated case. I am currently living abroad and incidents like this make me wonder whether I really want to make the UK my home again.

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John Denham MP / Liam Byrne MP

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