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Post Election Blues

A new government, a new Home Secretary Theresa May, Tory MP for Maidenhead, has been appointed as the new Home Secretary. It should come as no surprise that May is assessed on the Public Whip website by her voting record as someone who: “believes that the asylum system should be stricter by tightening the criteria […]

Uganda: The silent practice of deportations

Pambazuka News – pan-African voices for freedom and justice Currently, most deportees come from the UK, and the UK considers deportations to Uganda safe and legal due to assurances offered by President Yoweri Museveni. However, the personal accounts relayed to our office match a general pattern documented by experts and journalists: ‘A failed asylum seeker, […]

Volcano saves lives: deportation flights cancelled

Last week the deportation charter flight to Nigeria was cancelled. Today, Bita Ghaedi was saved from removal to Iran, and tomorrow’s charter flight to Cameroon is off. A brief respite, but people are still in detention. The UK Border Agency will try again, and the airlines will carry out their dirty work, making money flying […]

High Court rules Iraqis’ detention unlawful

Two Iraqis have won a judicial review against the Home Office in a test case which may benefit many others who could not and cannot be deported or removed to Iraq. Pierce Glynn represented Mr. Ibrahim and Mr. Omer who were detained for 14 months and 20 months respectively after they had completed sentences for […]

LGBT asylum claims are being refused

Damning report says practically all UK LGBT asylum claims are being refused; Border Agency “cruel and discriminatory” LGBT Asylum News, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 The UK Home Office tells those fleeing this for UK asylum to return, ‘relocate’ and ‘be discrete’. According to the UK’s lesbian and gay asylum and immigration charity the UK Lesbian […]

Yarl's Wood human rights challenge

Mark Townsend, The Observer, Sunday 11 April 2010 Could this woman’s fight change the way Britain treats asylum seekers? Most of the desperate mothers who are held at Yarl’s Wood are quickly deported: now four of them are taking the Home Office to court, citing violations of their human rights amid nightmarish conditions. Last month, […]

Deportation Charter flight to Iraq KRG did not fly

Yesterday’s charter flight from Heathrow to the Kurdish Regional Government area (KRG) of Northern Iraq did not take off. Initial reports suggest that several coaches took around 70 detainees to the airport, but ended up returning them all to UK Immigration Removal Centres. There are rumours that the KRG authorities have refused to agree the […]

"Outsourcing Abuse" inquiry: Medical Justice press release

Medical Justice Press release on the inquiry into the report “Outsourcing Abuse”, which was published in 2008 by Birnberg Peirce & Partners, Medical Justice and NCADC. “UKBA are under so much pressure at the moment. There has been almost constant media coverage for months of a wide number of organsiations expressing concern about conditions in […]

Yarl’s Wood protest, Mothers’ Day

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Sunday 14 March at Yarl’s Wood Yarl’s Wood Migrant Solidarity are calling a demonstration at 12:00 pm on Sunday, 14th March 2010 in solidarity with the women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Yarl’s Wood IRC, Twinwoods Road, Clapham, Bedfordshire, MK41 6HL We join these women in their protest against the detention […]