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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.

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G4S AGM/Justice for Jimmy Mubenga

The Justice for Jimmy Mubenga campaign invites people to demonstrate outside G4S’ AGM on Thursday 19th May, from 1pm-2.30pm, at Ironmonger Hall, Barbican, London. We will demand that G4S be held accountable for Jimmy Mubenga’s death on 12 October 2010 following ‘restraint’ by G4S officers while being forcibly removed from the UK. Members of Justice for Jimmy Mubenga will also be asking questions to senior management within the AGM.
More details on London NoBorders website.

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.

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.

Demo at Mid Sussex Planning Meeting, 24/03/1

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Protest against Arora’s plans to convert a school into a “pre-departure accommodation centre”.
9am outside Mid Sussex Council planning meeting at the Council Chamber, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS.
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NoBorders Talk on Health & Migrant Detention in UK

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Medsin KCL are organising a series of talks relating to global health and London NoBorders have been invited to talk tomorrow, Thursday 24th February.

In this talk, we want to highlight some issues about health care and migration. With the UK maintaining one of the strictest detention system in Europe, the first part of the talk will deal with the health care situation of migrants in immigration detention. In the second part we want to talk about the issues around access to health care for asylum seekers in the UK in general.

The talk will take place at the Gowland Hopkins LT, Hodgkin Building, Guys Campus, Kings College London. Starts at 6pm.

Protesters at St Thomas’ Highlight Plight of Hospital Workers Arrested Last Month

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

A coalition of campaign groups staged a demonstration outside St Thomas’ Hospital on Friday evening in solidarity with workers arrested last month for identity offences. Full Article.