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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 […]

War: what is good for?

Well, immigration control, according to UK Immigration Minsister Phil Woolas. In a quite bizarre statement, Woolas told MP that a benefit of the war in Afghanistan is to keep asylum seekers out of Europe: “An argument that is not aired strongly enough in my view is the benefit of the presence of our armed forces and […]

Building resistance to mass deportations

Campaign against mass deportations to Iraq Public forum Saturday 7 November, London 12 noon – 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) The Stop Deportation network is organising a public forum to build resistance to mass deportations. Find out about the hidden reality of mass deportation flights Legal and political challenges Networking and building […]

Protest against deportations to Iraq

No Deportations to Iraq – Release the Hunger Strikers Now! Monday, 26th Oct, 4:30-6:30pm Demonstrate at the Home Office 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF Nearest tubes: Westminster, Victoria source for this message: Iraqi refugees locked up in Brook House and Colnbrook detention centres are on hunger strike since Monday, 19th October, to protest […]

Judge: Colnbrook blockaders' arrest was unlawful

A magistrates judge has ruled that police acted unlawfully when arresting six anti-deportation campaigners who were blockading Colnbrook detention centre, near Heathrow airport, on 12th May, 2009, to try and prevent Iraqi refugees from being forcibly deported to Iraqi Kurdistan on a specially chartered flight. Sitting at the Uxbridge Magistrates Court, judge Jane Wright concluded […]

Air Italy will fly no more charter flights for UKBA!

Last week, NCADC called on supporters to make their feelings known to the airline contracted to deport Iraqi refugees from Britain to Baghdad – Air Italy. You did.They responded: this was our first and last experience…best wishes for your noble cause Read the response from the company

Protests as UK attempts mass deportations to Iraq

Last Thursday, 15 October 2009, the UK Border Agency tried to deport by charter flight about 40 Iraqi refugees who had been refused sanctuary in the UK. However, on arrival at Baghdad airport it appears that Iraqi officials refused entry to most of those onboard. Only eight people were taken from the plane, and there […]

Children made 'sick with fear' in detention centres

The Guardian reports on a new report highlighting systemic child abuse in UK immigration detention centres. Medical experts have found clear evidence that children held in UK immigration centres develop mental and physical health difficulties, according to a report published today. In the first study of its kind, a team of paediatricians and psychologists found […]