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Refugees prevented from lodging asylum claims in UK

Lunar House in Croydon The Guardian reports today on a strongly worded letter from the Law Society to the UK Border Agency and the UN refugee agency, protesting the broken system that is stopping refugees from submitting claims for asylum. The letter, sent to the head of the Asylum Screening Unit (ASU) and the United […]

Sri Lanka: Fears for those removed by charter flight

The UK Border Agency went ahead with a mass deportation to Sri Lanka this week. Legal challenges delayed the flight, and some people were removed from the plane, but eventually it took off. It is believed that at least 30 of the 50 people given removal directions were onboard. This week, UK charity Freedom From […]

Sri Lanka: Stop the mass deportation

The UK government is planning a mass deportation of around 50 Sri Lankan refugees tomorrow, 28 September, despite strong evidence that this action will put many vulnerable people into danger. The private charter – Flight PVT030 at 15:00 hrs on Wednesday 28th September – follows a similar mass removal in June this year, which caused […]

Amnesty campaign against deportation system

The UK Government must conduct a complete and radical overhaul of the current system of enforced removals from the UK, according to a new briefing and campaign launched today (7 July) by Amnesty International UK. Private security companies, contracted by the UK Government, have reportedly used dangerous and improper control and restraint techniques. In the […]

Campaigners blockade Heathrow detention centres to stop Iraq deportation flight

No Borders press release, 21 June Update: blockade ended peacefully at 9pm with no arrests Anti-deportation campaigners are blockading Colnbrook and Harmondsworth detention centres in a last-minute attempt to stop the forcible deportation of Iraqi refugees to Baghdad on a specially chartered flight scheduled to leave London this evening. 30 angry protesters from No Borders, […]

Sri Lanka deportations: 'UK has Tamil blood on it's hands'

The deportation charter flight to Sri Lanka took off yesterday evening, 16 June, while deliberations were still underway at the High Court. It is understood that one deportee won their injunction, but not until after the flight was in the air. Another flight is scheduled, and British charity Freedom from Torture (formerly the Medical Foundation) […]

Sri Lankans put at risk by UKBA breach of confidentiality

The immigration Barrister who blogs as Free Movement has revealed a serious breach of confidentiality of Sri Lankan refugees scheduled for deportation. Ahead of a planned mass expulsion of Sri Lankans from Britain, the UK Border Agency is allowing Sri Lankan officials to interrogate detainees in the UK about their asylum claims, and is passing […]

New immigration prison: official opening ceremony

Morton Hall – Invitation to grand opening of new migrant prison, Wednesday 1 June A former prison, newly designated as an Immigration Removal Centre, will be officially opened by Immigration Minister Damian Green on 1st June. Media representatives have been invited to the opening. Protesters for liberty and human rights are not invited to the […]