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IMMIGRATION DETENTION IN THE UK

August 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Submission to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

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the Campaign to Close Campsfield (CCC) and Barbed Wire Britain Network to End Refugee and Migrant Detention

CCC and BWB submission to CPT July 2012

Free Edson Cosmas and All Immigration Detainees!

May 19, 2011 1 comment

Fight racism and anti-gay prejudice!
Mass Rally: Tuesday 24th May, 2pm at the Home Office Marsham St.
Edson “Eddy” Cosmas, currently being held at Harmondsworth Removal Centre, is a young black openly gay man originally from Tanzania. He is threatened with deportation back to Tanzania where he has previously been beaten, stoned, abused and tortured for his sexuality, and where homosexuality carries up to 30 years imprisonment.

Eddy is a leader for LGBT equality, and a member of Movement for Justice. He has lead campaigns against racism, anti-gay bigotry and for immigrant rights. Eddy is now in a fight for his life.

British law requires the Government to grant asylum to anyone who is gay and faces political persecution for being gay if returned to the country they were born in. However, on 9th May, when Eddy went to the Home Office in Croydon to submit his initial claim for asylum in Britain, he was stunned to be told that he was going to be taken into detention and put on “fast-track”.

By isolating Eddy from his community, denying him a fair hearing and putting him through a gruelling 2-day cross-examination in his interview, front line immigration officers have done everything in their power to undermine the new Court ruling. The Home Office have refused his claim stating that Tanzania is ‘safe’ for gay people, and have denied Eddy’s sexuality.

Amnesty for all immigrants now! End this divisive, racist system

Raids and deportations undermine and threaten everybody of African, Caribbean, Asian, Latin American, Arab and other non-white origin in this country, no matter how long our families have lived and worked here. It is essential that we fight against anti-immigrant prejudice, racism, the oppression of women and discrimination against the LGBT community if we want to live in a fully democratic country based on real equality and justice. The demand AMNESTY NOW can end the police state-style rule of the immigration authorities; close the detention centres and stop deportations.

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.

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
Details.

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.

Barnardo’s Legitimise the Continued Detention of Children

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

The children’s charity Barnardo’s is legitimising the continued use of detention for children by agreeing to provide welfare services at a “pre-departure accommodation” centre the government plans to open in Pease Pottage near Crawley in Sussex.
Full LondonNoBorders Article.