Bring Vahram home!
To: Charles Flanagan - Minister for Justice & Equality
We have created an Uplift campaign asking the Department of Justice to reverse their decision to deport Vahram Barcegyn Artunyan, separating him from his wife and 3 year old daughter Alina, and to bring him back to Ireland.
It can be signed here.
We have launched a song competition to raise awareness about Vahram, deportation and the 27th amendment. See full details here.
Keep up to date with this campaign on Facebook.
Marjan Dakaj attended our meeting last night to tell us about his godson Vahram Barcegyn Artunyan. Vahram arrived here from Armenia as an asylum seeker about 12 years ago. He left the Direct Provision system and worked to support himself and his family. A few years later, he married Viktoria and they welcomed their first child. After the birth of their daughter, Vahram approached the Department of Justice and explained his situation, they had him sign in at the office there every month for about 3 years. Last Thursday, the 16th of August, he went to sign in but was held and deported to Armenia.
Vahram received deportation orders a few times during the three years. He went to the immigration office but was told by his solicitor that it was harmless and he should continue signing in. By the time Marjan received word of the deportation, Vahram was in France and lawyers couldn't intervene. Viktoria and Vahram's daughter turned 3 on the 2nd of August.
Marjan and Viktoria want us to do all we can to help bring Vahram back to Ireland. He has a young family here who were not even given a chance to say goodbye. Well known in Galway, Vahram is very active in the community, involved with local football clubs. We are looking for support and solidarity from people who knew him in Galway and further afield.