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Yarl's Wood: 68 Women still refusing food

Students and campaigners commenced a solidarity hunger strike at the London Offices of Serco this morning, Wednesday 10 February Demo in solidarity with Yarl’s Wood Women Friday 12th February 2010 at 2:30 pm Serco’s offices 18-22 Hand Court (off High Holborn) London WC1V 6JF London Detainee Solidarity Network have called for a demo this Friday […]

Hunger strike: women at Yarl's Wood

Statement from Women Behind the Wire @ Yarl’s Wood IRC “Detention results from political decisions that represent a “hardening attitude towards irregular migrants and asylum seekers”  (*PACE) End the Detention of Foreign Nationals Now! Since the 5th of February 2010, we the residents at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre are on hunger strike which involves […]

Calais: Solidarity is not an offence

A new self-organising space in Calais is an act of resistance against the brutal measures against asylum seekers Rahila Gupta,, Thursday 4 February For all those who have been depressed by increasingly harsh measures against asylum seekers by Britain, France and other European countries, here is a glimmer of hope. The transnational No Borders […]

Stop deportations to Nigeria!

Stop deportations to Nigeria now! A Joint European Union Charter flight with approximate 50 Nigerians on board, will leave the UK on Wednesday 3rd February @ 18:00, picking up more Nigerians in Dublin and then onto  Lagos. [If you would like to add your group or organisation’s name to the list of signatories to this […]

Immigration detention of children: 'state-sponsored cruelty'

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown attacked for not scrapping asylum policy that leaves hundreds of children behind bars at Christmas ‘Moral cowardice’: Brown attacked for his policy on asylum Gordon Brown was last night accused of ‘moral cowardice’ for failing to scrap a controversial asylum policy that will see hundreds of innocent children spend Christmas […]

Never ending horror of child immigration detention

Report on an unannounced short follow-up inspection of Tinsley House IRC 13–15 July 2009 by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (Download the full report) Anne Owers said: “Overall, this is a deeply depressing report. Provision across a number of areas at Tinsley House had deteriorated since our last visit. In particular, the arrangements for children […]

Medical experts condemn migrant child imprisonment

‘Royal Colleges call on the Government to recognise rights of ‘children in need’ The detention of hundreds of children in Britain’s immigration camps is harmful and ministers should change the policy, medical experts will warn today. The call for a new approach to the treatment of young refugees and their families follows a report which […]

Justice Denied: Women victims of torture face a lifetime of suffering

“Whether perpetrated in conflict or in peace, the root causes of violence against women [are] deep-seated inequalities and discrimination” Women survivors of torture are being denied justice due to failures in countries around the world to uphold their human rights and to respond to their rehabilitation needs, according to new research by the Medical Foundation […]

Conditions at G4S Immigration Prison 'Worse and Worse'

Source: Corporate Watch ~ Watching the Corporations 02/12/09 Since it opened earlier this year Brook House IRC, the UK’s newest and biggest immigration prison has barely had a day without trouble. However, Corporate Watch has learnt that things have become “much worse” lately, both for the detainees and for their visitors. Meanwhile, the G4S management […]

UK asylum system actively worsens mental health

Two new research reports from the mental health charity Mind provide evidence of what many working with refugees have known for years: that the UK asylum process is a heartless, cruel system that both exacerbates pre-existing mental ill-health and triggers it in the first place. Restrictive policies on healthcare, education, accommodation and employment are having […]