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   1 JUSTICE FOR THE BRITONS IN YEMEN TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN From: Justice for the Britons in Yemen Campaign Subject: Press and public information pack concerning the plight of the five British detainees in Yemen The aim of this press pack is to provide members of the press and of the public with basic background information on the situation facing the five British men detained by the Yemeni authorities, and to outline the nationwide campaign which has been launched to work towards their just treatment and release . Contents: 1. Contact details 2. Overview of the campaign 3. Background information on the detainees 4. Chronology of the facts of the case 5. Legal summary 6. Appendices: - Amnesty International reports on the human rights situation in Yemen - Amnesty International Urgent Action Appeal issued on Jan 8th - Previous media coverage The legal team has been instructed by the families of the detained to monitor press reports in order to ensure the truthful portrayal of facts concerning the case.   2 JUSTICE FOR THE BRITONS IN YEMEN PRESS PACK 1. CAMPAIGN CONTACT DETAILS BIRMINGHAM Press Officer: Salma Yaqoob (0121 5580591) Family Welfare Officer: Dr Aqeel Chaudry (0956 127434) Campaign Hotline: 0121 7721640 LONDON Press Officers:  Afzal Amin (0958 585917) Hanna Siurua (0171 5800916) Rashad Yaqoob (07977 718879) MANCHESTER / BRADFORD Press Officer: Dr Farooq (0973 185434) Campaign Hotline: 0161 3743179 Legal team: Gareth Peirce (0171 9110166) Rashad Yaqoob (07977 718879) Natalia Garcia (0121 2433045) Lawyer in Yemen: Badro Basunaid Commercial press enquiries regarding the emergency delegation: Mandyp Singh Sehgal (07970 794175)   3 2. WHY HAS JUSTICE NOT BEEN DONE?  And what this campaign is all about The purpose of the campaign: We, members of the British and international public, are deeply concerned by the grave violations of human rights committed in Yemen, as documented by  Amnesty International’s recent report. The unlawful detention and brutal treatment, including the use of torture, of five British nationals by the Yemeni authorities stands out as a shocking illustration of the Yemeni government’s disregard for human rights in spite of the many international agreements regarding their protection of which Yemen is a signatory, and in spite of Yemen’s own constitution which rules as illegal the proceedings which have been carried out with regard to the detainees. In view of the imminent threat of execution faced by the detainees, we are further shocked by the British govern ment’s failure to offer support to the families of the detainees, and its consistent reluctance to act in accordance with its responsibilities in order to ensure the fair treatment of the detainees. The goal of this campaign is to see that the fundamental human rights of the five British men unlawfully detained in Yemen are recognised and enforced by the Yemeni authorities; and that the British government fulfils its duty of care both towards the detainees through the consulate in Yemen, and towards their families in Britain through the Foreign Office. The campaign also aims to communicate the urgency of the situation to other members of the public and to keep them informed of the plight of the detainees. Demands on behalf of the detainees: 1. immediate adjournment of the trial until the defence team has had sufficient time to prepare its case 2. immediate access to full legal representation 3. immediate access to full medical care 4. immediate transfer from solitary confinement in police cells to a regular prison, as demanded by Yemeni law 5. permission for immediate contact with family members 6. guarantees from the British and Yemeni authorities of safe passage and full support for the emergency delegation due to depart for Yemen (consisting of family members, independent legal observers and medical experts) 7. commitment by the Foreign Office to carry out fully its consular responsibilities both in Britain and abroad   4 3. WHO ARE THE DETAINEES? Background information on Gulam Hussain, Shahid Butt, Malik Nasser, and Samad Ahmed Gulam Hussain Gulam was born on November 22nd, 1973, in Luton and Dunstable Hospital. He grew up in Luton, where he attended Hillsborough Junior and Primary Schools, South Luton High School, Luton 6th Form, Dunstable College (where he studied Engineering for 1 year), and Luton University (where he studied Business and Finance). He has been working as a Security Officer for ATLAW Security in Luton for the past year. He suffers from chronic asthma. Gulam has 3 sisters (one of whom is a twin), and 2 brothers. He met his wife Monica 9 years ago when they both worked at a McDonald’s Restaurant in Luton. They have been married for 6 years, and have a daughter, Hannah, who is 1 year and 8 months old. Gulam is a family man who spends his day at work and his evenings with his family, frequently visiting his mother and father. He is also has a close relationship with his brothers and sisters. Gulam flew to Yemen alone on December 18th, 1998 on a one-month visa. His wife Monica took him to the airport. The family had been planning and saving up for a holiday together for a year, and they chose Yemen from a travel brochure. They had heard of Yemen because many students from Leeds University spend time there as part of their studies; in addition, they preferred an Arabic-speaking country which would enable Gulam and Monica to improve their knowledge of Arabic. Gulam travelled out first in order to ascertain that the environment and weather would be suitable for Hannah, who suffers from eczema which can be aggravated by hot weather. In addition, Monica had exam resits which prevented her from travelling out with her husband. On December 23rd, Gulam called Monica to let her know that the place was fine, and that Monica and Hannah could join him as soon as possible. The family has not heard from him since. Shahid Butt Shahid was born in Pakistan on November 25th, 1965, and came to Britain (which was the permanent home of his family) four months later. He grew up in the Sparkhill and Balsall Heath areas of Birmingham. He has 1 brother and 1 sister; his mother passed away in May 1998. He attended Highgate Secondary School and helped out in the family’s grocery store in his free time. He also attended Birmingham Polytechnic to do Business Studies, and worked part-time for DFS during that time. Shahid held a variety of clerical  jobs in offices, including working for Allied Dunbar (as a claims handler) and for Legal and General. In his free time, Shahid was actively involved in voluntary work in the community. He set up a youth club at Birmingham Central Mosque and worked actively in an anti-drugs project in the notorious
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