Target: Secretary of State for the Home Department Theresa May
Goal: Stop the deportation of a 92-year-old South African woman from the United Kingdom.
Myrtle Cothill, a 92-year-old woman, faces deportation from the U.K. after the Home Office and two immigration tribunals ordered her to fly home. Her lawyer has argued that the decision is in violation of Cothill’s human rights.
Cothill has been cared for by her daughter in Dorset, England since she arrived in the U.K. on a tourist visa two years ago. She has heart problems, is starting to lose her eyesight, and is unable to walk unaided. The Home Office has halted her deportation proceedings temporarily while a medical report is made regarding her health.
Cothill’s lawyer, Jan Doerfel, has said that sending Cothill home to where she has no close family would constitute a violation of her human rights–specifically the right to a family life with her daughter. An immigration tribunal found that she entered the U.K. as a visitor by deception, partly because she disposed of her property in South Africa before she left the country.
There have been calls to fund her case going in front of the European Court of Human Rights, and thousands have signed petitions to urge the Home Office to allow her to stay. Sign this petition and convince the Home Office that the welfare of this elderly woman should take precedent over her immigration status.
Dear Secretary May,
The case of Myrtle Cothill and her immigration status in the U.K. is one that should be considered with compassion by the Home Office. This 92-year-old woman whose health is deteriorating should be allowed to stay in the care of her family in Dorset.
To deport her back to South Africa where she has no close family and no property would constitute a violation of her human rights and her right to spend her last years alive with her daughter. She has to depend on her daughter to take care of her in her final years. Her heart problems, her worsening eyesight and the fact that she cannot walk unaided should all be taken into consideration.
To take her from the care of her daughter and expel her from the country would be a gross miscarriage of justice in the name of tough immigration policy. I urge you to consider this case with the humanity and empathy that it deserves.
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