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Zimbabwe hunger strike concerns
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Detainees fear being returned to Zimbabwe
The Scotland Zimbabwe Group has said it is extremely concerned about a former Dungavel detainee who is facing deportation to Zimbabwe.

The man, known as Forard Mutero, was removed from the Scottish detention centre earlier this year.

He is currently being held at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow Airport.

A number of detainees have begun hunger strikes in protest at the prospect of being returned to Zimbabwe.

The Scotland Zimbabwe Group said that anyone being forced to return is in very grave danger.

Officially the government has insisted it is safe to return failed asylum applicants.

The Home Office said staff were monitoring the welfare of the hunger-strikers to ensure they received appropriate medical supervision.

Forty-one Zimbabweans in Britain are refusing food in protest at the lifting of a ban on deportations in November.

In the first three months of 2005, 95 Zimbabweans were forcibly removed from the UK and 116 are scheduled to be returned to the country.


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