Launch of new Amnesty report on immigration detention

On Wednesday night Amnesty UK officially launched their new report ‘A matter of routine – the use of immigration detention in the UK’. In doing so, they have further strengthened the consensus – including most major political parties, human rights groups, the HM Inspectorate of Prisons –  of those condemning and calling for serious change […]

Video: Manchester City says “End detention now”!

“It’s time for the government to take a different approach.” – Cllr Mahadi Sharif On the 29th November 2017, Manchester City Council became the first local authority in Britain to pass a motion calling for an end to indefinite immigration detention and endorsing the These Walls Must Fall campaign. Listen to the impassioned speeches from […]

No more Detention

Pinar Aksu is a community worker and activist. Here she writes about the continuing scandal that is immigration detention, and the need to get involved in the campaign groups calling for its end. In recent months, more than 2 people died in detention centres: Harmondsworth and Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre. People who come here seeking […]

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 […]

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 […]