Support the Iranian Hunger Strikers

Demonstration Friday 6 May
“Six Iranian refugees are now reaching their fifth week of a hunger strike to demand asylum in the UK and protest against mistreatment by the Home Office. This Friday we will march to the Home Office in Westminster to join our voices with their courage in demanding fair treatment for refugees.”
Details on NoBorders Website.


Phone Protest Against Barnardo’s

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Phone the UK’s latest prison profiteers! Ring them on Tuesday 26th April to protest against their involvement in detention and deportation!
Details on Indymedia.

Detainees Respond To Italian Government Decision to Deport Tunisians

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

“Today, after the agreement between Italy and Tunisia, as promised by Berlusconi, they began to deportate Tunisian migrants back to their country directly from Lampedusa.
At noon, about 30 migrants, left on a plane, accompanied by 60 policemen. Tonight they should deport other 30 Tunisians.
There are about 1000 Tunisians at the moment in the detention Centre of Lampedusa. In the last days they are refusing to eat and they are protesting chantig slogans and asking to be free.
We were there in the morning to support them in their struggle with some banners. We managed to get quite close to the fences and shout at them and they were really happy to see us. We left after that the police asked our documents and threatened us to bring us to the police station, charging us with instigation…
In the afternoon the migrants burnt some materasses and in the mess caused by the heavy smog, some people managed to run away from the detention centre. Unfortunately they were not even aware they were in an Island and they could not go very far. So most of them, were easily caught and brought back to the detention centre. Berlosconi promised two flights a day to deport Tunisians directly from Lampedusa airport. This means that since the people arrive at a quicker pace, soon there will be again as many migrants here as there were last week.”

Video Of Demonstration.

New Detention Phone System to Keep Detainees Under Control

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

A new phone system run by a private company will replace personal mobile phones in immigration detention centres, Corporate Watch can reveal. The trial at Tinsley House detention centre, near Gatwick airport, is run by Global Comms & Consulting Ltd (GCC), which specialises in secure telecommunications services to major government agencies and multinational companies. As a result, detainees will not be able to call free numbers and will pay significantly higher rates to call their family and solicitors. All calls will also be recorded, monitored and disrupted when necessary by the immigration authorities and/or the immigration prison’s management.
Corporate Watch Article.

Counterfeit Asylum: The Gift of Gender in Confinement

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

“In the last half-century, the so-called `strong passport’ so-called democracies have turned the application for asylum into a criminal justice procedure…”
Talk at Queen Mary University. 05 April 2011 – Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

CorporateWatch Briefing on Immigration Prison

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Forward to Report
“The government’s decision to end child detention for immigration purposes in 2010 was the result of long years of campaigning by dedicated grassroots activists, as well as detainee support groups, NGOs and mainstream media. The end of this cruel and inhumane practice has, however, served to somehow legitimise the detention of adults. Fewer people now appear to have the political will to argue that immigration detention should be stopped altogether…”
CorporateWatch Article.

Australian Police Use Tear Gas on Demonstrating Asylum Seekers

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Article in The Australian.