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Find out how to support visas for Fairtrade producers
March 10th, 2017 2:13 pm

Please write to Robert Goodwill, the Minister of State for Immigration,
to ask for visas to be issued to Fairtrade producers

We invited two producers from Palestine to talk at our customer events during Fairtrade Fortnight which is a highlight of our year. It was incredibly disappointing that just two days before Fairtrade farmer and community leader Bassema Barahmeh, and Canaan Fair Trade's marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam were due to travel they were told their visas had been declined.  This happened despite the UK government's stated policy that it wants to support business with Palestine. 

So we are lobbying Robert Goodwill, the Minister of State for Immigration, to ensure that visas for 
Fairtrade producers are issued in the future, and we are even hoping that Bassema and Lamis may be able to come later in the year. It would be really helpful to have your support.  To help, just click on the image below for a letter that you can edit, and then email direc...

Bassema Barahmeh speaks about why she wanted to visit the UK
March 8th, 2017 3:20 pm
Message of support from Colchester school to Bassema & Lamis #WhyNoVisa
February 27th, 2017 7:56 pm
Fairtrade Farmer Bassema Barahmeh introduces herself
February 25th, 2017 5:20 pm
Fairtrade farmer and community leader Bassema Barahmeh, along with Canaan Fair Trade's marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam, were denied visas for business travel to the UK for Fairtrade Fortnight just 2 days before they were due to leave. We asked them to record a few short interviews so that their British and Irish customers could hear more about them and their lives.