UCC gives update on Khan family deportation

UCC gives update on Khan family deportation
UCC student Hamza Khan who is facing deportation.

University College Cork's Students' Union and Sanctuary Working Group have issued a joint statement in relation to the Khan family's deportation order. 

Four brothers Hamza, Zubair, Umair and Mutjuba Khan, along with their sister Shazadi and parents Mubeen and Hina Mubeen, were facing deportation from Ireland after being refused international protection.

The Khan family have been living in direct provision since arriving in Ireland from Saudi Arabia in 2017.

Hamza is a UCC Sanctuary Scholar, and the college community rallied behind their student. The Students' Union created a petition to urge the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to revoke the deportation order. 

"The past week has seen a large amount of media coverage regarding the potential removal of our Sanctuary Scholar, Hamza Khan, and his siblings and parents from the state. While we do not formally represent the family, we are in touch with the family and their legal representatives," the joint statement said.

"We note that a number of different, and potentially conflicting narratives are circulating publicly on this issue. 

"Proceedings have been issued by the family’s legal representatives, seeking a judicial review of the case. Under High Court rules the Khan family cannot be removed until these proceedings are determined.

"However, an Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD amongst others, have personally intervened to ask Minister Charlie Flanagan TD to review the case. 

"There has been no statement by Minister Flanagan regarding a potential Ministerial review. Since the family’s future in Ireland remains uncertain, we are seeking clarity from the Minister on his intentions regarding this case.

"We will be continuing a public campaign in the coming weeks to support Hamza and the Khan family’s case to remain in Ireland. We call on all public representatives, including current candidates for election in Cork city, to support us."

The petition to the Minister of Justice has almost reached 7,000 signatures. 

The family live in Cork and the four brothers attend UCC and Coláiste Éamann Rís. Both educational institutions joined forces in a campaign to stop the four Khan brothers and their family being deported.

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