Nizam, who is Turkish Kurdish, was detained by Immigration when he went to sign with them on 7 February 2007. After being taken to the Dover Removal Centre for a few days, it was agreed that he would be released provided he abide by certain restrictions. He has now been electronically tagged, placed under regular curfew and has to report to the Immigration officer every Wednesday.

Nizam, who is 29, was born in a small village called Karakocan, Turkey. He and his brother, Savas, fled the country because of repression from the Turkish authorities. A close member of his family was killed by them. They claimed asylum because of persecution for political reasons. Savas, as well as five cousins, have already been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain but Nizam has been repeatedly refused asylum. Eight years have passed without his securing legal and humanitarian rights.

Nizam is a warm and friendly personality who is a well-liked member of the Rye community where he has run a successful business for many years in Landgate. Over the years he has developed a good rapport with both customers and residents living locally.

As he says in his own words: I came here when I was 21 and have been working hard at my take-away business in Rye.

We are wondering if it is appropriate for a hard-working and well-established member of the community like Nizam to have to be tagged like a common criminal. He has been a model citizen and should be allowed his freedom.

Nizam has been an active member of the Kurdish community in Sussex with links to organisations in London.

The local MP for Hastings and Rye, Michael Foster, who has met Nizam in the past, supported him by writing to the court authority in London.

Nizam was arrested and imprisoned twice in Turkey because of his activities. He thought that by coming to the UK he would be protected under international law.

People of Kurdish ethnicity living in Turkey do not have the same basic rights as Turks and their culture and language is not recognised by the Turkish authorities. People living in the village where Nizam comes from are very active politically and he and his family were always involved. The Turkish army often put pressure on the villagers of Karakocan to leave and relocate elsewhere. In the past they have emptied as many as 3,000 villages in the south eastern region of the country.

Since Nizam left Turkey, nothing much has changed for Kurds and he does not think it would be safe for him to return. We believe he would be in danger if he was deported.

Please show your support for Nizam by signing his petition.

Thank you.

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  • 18 December 2015200. Suzanne F
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 2015199. Jo E
    I support this petition
  • 09 November 2015198. Sissy D
    I support this petition
  • 03 November 2015197. David B
    Please, let him stay.
  • 11 October 2015196. Angus C
    I support this petition
  • 01 October 2015195. Lauren F
    I support this petition
  • 27 September 2015194. Shameam A
    Nozam should be allowed to stay in the UK, he has spent 8 years of his life in the UK and has well settled here. He also has immediate family memeber in the UK who was granted status.
  • 26 August 2015193. Savas Simpson
    i strongly agree mr nizam kilic has wright to stay in uk as other british citesen after all those years he stayed in uk and all that hard work he has done to this community. i m verry sure he will face great denger and prossicution by the turkish governme
  • 25 August 2015192. Oktay S
    I support this petition
  • 22 June 2015191. Alan Miranda
    I support this petition
  • 11 June 2015190. Ali Lawson
  • 25 May 2015189. Nawzad Robles
    we as a kurd suffering in every part of this world!
  • 06 April 2015188. Jessica C
    This is extremely unfair. Unlike many others, Nizam has gone out of his way to make himself a proper life in the UK. He has worked hard at providing his own income rather than sponging off others, and has been part of the community for years. Let him stay
  • 25 March 2015187. Tanya C
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 03 February 2015185. Ayeshasharif Macias
    I support this petition
  • 20 December 2014184. Dara O
  • 18 December 2014183. Jackie W
    let him stay he has done nothing wrong and what about his family??
  • 17 December 2014182. Nawzad B
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 2014181. Blaise Carroll
    It's shameful to treat human beings like animals; after 8 years of good conduct in England, Nizam Kilic is treated like an object.
  • 30 October 2014180. Mr Andmrss
    let him stay.
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  • 31 August 2014177. Jean S
    I support this petition
  • 16 August 2014176. Fredrick C
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 20 June 2014174. Andy Monroe
    Nizam is a well known and friendly face in the Rye Community he always has time to help out others and should be allowed to stay in this country! I recently moved back to Rye from Hastings and the number of benefit poncing immigrants seem to out number th

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