Manchester City Council first local authority to pass motion condemning detention

Yesterday, Manchester City Council become the first local authority in Britain to pass a motion condemning immigration detention.  You can read the motion here. The motion, proposed by Councillor Mahadi Sharif, was passed unanimously by the council. Here’s how it happened: Councillor @kelly4labour seconding the #TheseWallsMustFall motion at #Manchester council. We must send a message to […]

EU rough sleepers to get their day in court

  Tuesday 21st November will mark the beginning of a three day court case, where charities are challenging the government’s policy of detaining and deporting EU rough sleepers. The campaign group NELMA, which has been leading the campaign against the policy, notes that it long predates Brexit: existing in some form since 2010, it has […]

“Detention is a filing cabinet for human beings”: Parliamentary Meeting on Immigration Detention

Earlier today MPs and Peers held a parliamentary meeting on immigration detention, hearing from experts about the hazardous effects of detention, and why urgent and systemic change is needed. Chaired by Paul Blomfield MP and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees, the meeting heard from organisations and individuals working directly with people affected […]

“When you see injustice – speak out!”: These Walls Must Fall in Manchester

Last Thursday human rights campaigners, union members, migrant rights groups, political representatives and other members of the public met to campaign against immigration detention. Setting up for the big event at the historic Mechanics Institute. Follow us, @wallsmustfall and #TheseWallsMustFall for updates! pic.twitter.com/EAcln0LgrG — Right to Remain (@Right_to_Remain) November 2, 2017 Gathering at Manchester’s historic […]

Julie Ward MEP supporting These Walls Must Fall in Manchester

“If we look back at our family history, somewhere along the line we would discover we had been people who needed to be somewhere else; we needed to flee, we needed to move.” Julie Ward, MEP for the North West England region, has been a passionate supporter of migrant rights. Watch the above short clip […]

West Yorkshire and Kent police forces to have new trial powers to stop and search people for ‘immigration offences’

Polices forces in West Yorkshire and Kent have begun a pilot progamme that will grant both forces the same powers as Immigration Officers to search ‘non-EEA illegal immigrants’ for UK drivers licenses. This further outsourcing of immigration enforcement will lead to the increased harassment of migrants, and racial profiling of UK citizens. The powers are […]

Video: Teo and Marineta’s story

Teo and Marineta were just another European couple working in England. But when they couldn’t find somewhere to live, instead of receiving homelessness help they were locked up in a detention centre. And that was just the beginning of their troubles with the government’s hostile environment. (Video content warning: discussion of self-harm). UPDATE: North East […]

Reflections on Calais

  To mark the first anniversary of the destruction of the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais, Right to Remain’s Luke Butterly reflects on our recent return to the area.   We set out early on our return trip to Calais.  The time difference between the UK and France means you lose an hour when traveling over;  […]

“A place where one can be forgotten for a long time” – on the closure of The Verne

(Image credit: Unlocking Detention)   Last week, the government quietly announced that they will be closing the Verne – one of the nine immigration ‘removal’ centres (IRCs) sprawled across the UK. (Learn more about all of the UK’s sites of detention by following the Unlocking Detention project, an annual virtual tour of the UK’s detention […]