Newport pals seek to stop UK deporting Taiwan asylum seeker

South Wales Argus: DEPORTATION FEAR: Emily Yeh, who asked for Asylum from Taiwan DEPORTATION FEAR: Emily Yeh, who asked for Asylum from Taiwan

A TAIWANESE woman who has lived in Newport for 18 months is being held at a detention centre awaiting removal from the UK – despite protests from friends that she might face the death penalty.

Emily Yeh, 33, who has volunteered at Oxfam and as an interpreter for the Welsh Refugee Council, was detained last Tuesday.

The Taiwanese government is looking to prosecute Ms Yeh after she claims she left their military’s intelligence service and sought asylum in the UK in July 2012.

She was being held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, in Bedfordshire, yesterday afternoon, where she was taken at 2am this Monday.

Ms Yeh had been taken to Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre on Saturday, after being held at Gwent police station on Cardiff Road, Newport, on behalf of the UK Border Agency from last Tuesday, December 10. Her friends staged a protest calling for her to be allowed to stay in the UK outside the police station at the weekend.

Although she had already been denied permission to stay in the UK twice, she said he had no reason to believe she would have to leave the country until last week.

Speaking from Yarl’s Wood, she said: “I received nothing from the court or the Home Office to say your appeal has been exhausted, you’re supposed to be leaving the country.

“I haven’t done anything bad but they’re treating me like a prisoner.”

She claims that after being told she would have to do “dangerous things” working in the intelligence service without the support of the Taiwanese government, she fled to Wales.

On arrival in the UK, she was given Home Office accommodation on Chepstow Road in Newport.

She said: “Because I don’t have any family here, I really want to get involved with the community and try to blend in and get to know who lives here.”

Around 30 friends protested outside the police station before she was taken to Colnbrook centre.

One of the organisers of the protest, Helen Aesa, said she met Ms Yeh at Newport and District Refugee Support Group’s drop-in service.

She said: “She has fantastic English, she’s really nice.”

Ms Aesa claimed Ms Yeh had been so distressed at the prospect of being sent to Taiwan that she was taken to hospital

A Home Office spokesman said: “We believe that those who fail to establish a genuine fear of persecution should return home. If they do not, we will enforce their removal.”

When asked to comment yesterday afternoon, the Taiwanese embassy in London said they were unaware of the case.

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9:04am Wed 18 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

Bearing in mind that over half the population of the world lives in ghastly countries and would have every right to say they are escaping death or torture at home enough people are "entitled" to be in our country as would consume our year's food supply in one day. As it happens Taiwan is not one of those ghastly countries so, however nice this lady, back she should go.
Bearing in mind that over half the population of the world lives in ghastly countries and would have every right to say they are escaping death or torture at home enough people are "entitled" to be in our country as would consume our year's food supply in one day. As it happens Taiwan is not one of those ghastly countries so, however nice this lady, back she should go. Dai Rear

10:01am Wed 18 Dec 13

Lliswerry Man says...

Agree Dai Rear, whilst it is sad , we simply cannot keep accepting people who claim to be suffering some sort of persecution from their country. SOME here think we are a bottomless pit of money and services and the current financial climate is showing otherwise, our Main Stream services are pushed to breaking point.
We have always been a soft touch and caring society, but for this to continue we need to start setting boundaries or we ourselves will no longer be in a position to assist anyone, especially those with a real plight of death penalty.
The sad fact is, far too many people from all nations come here for what they can get, not what they can do, you only have to look in the council offices up and down the country, and jobcentres, we are plagued at present with migrants here purely for economic reasons.
So whilst Im sure this lady is a lovely lady, and her friends love her dearly, sometimes we have to accept that not all are entitled to be here, no matter what they claim.
Agree Dai Rear, whilst it is sad , we simply cannot keep accepting people who claim to be suffering some sort of persecution from their country. SOME here think we are a bottomless pit of money and services and the current financial climate is showing otherwise, our Main Stream services are pushed to breaking point. We have always been a soft touch and caring society, but for this to continue we need to start setting boundaries or we ourselves will no longer be in a position to assist anyone, especially those with a real plight of death penalty. The sad fact is, far too many people from all nations come here for what they can get, not what they can do, you only have to look in the council offices up and down the country, and jobcentres, we are plagued at present with migrants here purely for economic reasons. So whilst Im sure this lady is a lovely lady, and her friends love her dearly, sometimes we have to accept that not all are entitled to be here, no matter what they claim. Lliswerry Man

10:53am Wed 18 Dec 13

county mad says...

The claim of the death penalty is rather nebulous however I wonder who funds the Newport and District refugee support group our cash strapped council or the prudent WAG. Whilst I hope the lady remains safe I understood Taiwan to be a democracy and low on the international scale of death penalty users and to have a good human rights record
The claim of the death penalty is rather nebulous however I wonder who funds the Newport and District refugee support group our cash strapped council or the prudent WAG. Whilst I hope the lady remains safe I understood Taiwan to be a democracy and low on the international scale of death penalty users and to have a good human rights record county mad

11:01am Wed 18 Dec 13

swnpayne says...

go home moved to romania apply for romania status then we will greet you into our country no problem
go home moved to romania apply for romania status then we will greet you into our country no problem swnpayne

11:38am Wed 18 Dec 13

sperduti says...

if we let every one stay they will all want to stay , but the case of the boy who killed that school teacher years was allowed to live here after what he done!!!! so it seems that the wrong ones are sent back !!! very sad case if she is genuinely facing persecution she should be allowed to stay here , providing she works and pays her taxes ! its one law for one and one for another!!
if we let every one stay they will all want to stay , but the case of the boy who killed that school teacher years was allowed to live here after what he done!!!! so it seems that the wrong ones are sent back !!! very sad case if she is genuinely facing persecution she should be allowed to stay here , providing she works and pays her taxes ! its one law for one and one for another!! sperduti

3:53pm Wed 18 Dec 13

CynicalAndJaded says...

Let her stay as it looks like she has a work ethic and is prepared to give something back to the community, unlike so many of the lazy, "indigenous" scroungers who just want to bleed the system dry.
Let her stay as it looks like she has a work ethic and is prepared to give something back to the community, unlike so many of the lazy, "indigenous" scroungers who just want to bleed the system dry. CynicalAndJaded

8:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Tulip3 says...

We hope that Emily remains safe; Taiwan does not have the best records on Human Rights and fair trial, despite being a considered a democracy. I think most people who take an interest in what happens beyond the borders of this island (UK) can name a few 'democracies' where they would not feel safe it they'd had to live there.
With regards to the comments made by 'county mad' about Newport and District Refugee Support Group: we have never asked or received funding from Newport Council nor the Welsh Government. Since the start of our voluntary organisation in 1999 we have always funded our activities through small, specific grants, fundraising activities and donations in cash and kind from people and organisations who want to make new-arrived people in Newport welcome for the time they are here; regardless of their nationality or immigration status.
Emmy Chater, chair of Newport & District Refugee Support Group
We hope that Emily remains safe; Taiwan does not have the best records on Human Rights and fair trial, despite being a considered a democracy. I think most people who take an interest in what happens beyond the borders of this island (UK) can name a few 'democracies' where they would not feel safe it they'd had to live there. With regards to the comments made by 'county mad' about Newport and District Refugee Support Group: we have never asked or received funding from Newport Council nor the Welsh Government. Since the start of our voluntary organisation in 1999 we have always funded our activities through small, specific grants, fundraising activities and donations in cash and kind from people and organisations who want to make new-arrived people in Newport welcome for the time they are here; regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Emmy Chater, chair of Newport & District Refugee Support Group Tulip3

8:08pm Fri 20 Dec 13

lcylai says...

This lady's story need to be made clear. Her act is an insult to all genuine asylum seekers because...
1) She VOLUNTARILY signed up for 3 year tour of duty with the Military Intelligence on her own free will. And choose desert afterwards because "she is not used to a conformist work environment."
2) Her crime: desertion, in accordance to section 39 of the Penal code of Taiwan (ROC), is punishable with MAXIMUM 5 years imprisonment, not the death penalty.
3) "She claims that she would have to do “dangerous things” working in the intelligence service without the support of the Taiwanese government." What the hell did she think the job was about when she first signed up? To put it on layman's term: Don't act as if she never seen 007 before....
4) Rather than deserting, she could have simply ask for resignation and pay the fine. SHE had a choice! Most asylum seekers had no choice when it comes to leaving their country. She made the wrong choice! As a result, shell have to face the consequence.
5) Taiwan is a liberal democracy. Not a dictatorship anymore. She will not be sentenced arbitrary. Not saying that the Taiwanese government is perfect and all. But the government only does that if she's actually someone that matters. :P
6) The lady, in accordance to Taiwanese media outlet, came from a family with a strong military tradition. Her parents and grandparents work(ed), respectively, for the ROC army and air force. I'm pretty sure that they will do whatever they can to ensure that their little princess gets as light of a sentence as she can.
So, a final word to Emily Yeh.... SHUT UP... and STOP wasting people's time. The world does not rotate around you. GO HOME and face your mistake like a grown woman!
This lady's story need to be made clear. Her act is an insult to all genuine asylum seekers because... 1) She VOLUNTARILY signed up for 3 year tour of duty with the Military Intelligence on her own free will. And choose desert afterwards because "she is not used to a conformist work environment." 2) Her crime: desertion, in accordance to section 39 of the Penal code of Taiwan (ROC), is punishable with MAXIMUM 5 years imprisonment, not the death penalty. 3) "She claims that she would have to do “dangerous things” working in the intelligence service without the support of the Taiwanese government." What the hell did she think the job was about when she first signed up? To put it on layman's term: Don't act as if she never seen 007 before.... 4) Rather than deserting, she could have simply ask for resignation and pay the fine. SHE had a choice! Most asylum seekers had no choice when it comes to leaving their country. She made the wrong choice! As a result, shell have to face the consequence. 5) Taiwan is a liberal democracy. Not a dictatorship anymore. She will not be sentenced arbitrary. Not saying that the Taiwanese government is perfect and all. But the government only does that if she's actually someone that matters. :P 6) The lady, in accordance to Taiwanese media outlet, came from a family with a strong military tradition. Her parents and grandparents work(ed), respectively, for the ROC army and air force. I'm pretty sure that they will do whatever they can to ensure that their little princess gets as light of a sentence as she can. So, a final word to Emily Yeh.... SHUT UP... and STOP wasting people's time. The world does not rotate around you. GO HOME and face your mistake like a grown woman! lcylai

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