“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 […]

“A place where one can be forgotten for a long time” – on the closure of The Verne

(Image credit: Unlocking Detention)   Last week, the government quietly announced that they will be closing the Verne – one of the nine immigration ‘removal’ centres (IRCs) sprawled across the UK. (Learn more about all of the UK’s sites of detention by following the Unlocking Detention project, an annual virtual tour of the UK’s detention […]

This International Womens Day, imagine a future without detention

Women for Refugee Women has spent over three years researching the condition of asylum-seeking women in the UK and listening to their experiences. Earlier this month they released their annual report: The Way Ahead: an asylum system without detention. For International Women’s Day, we’ve summarised its key findings and honour all women raising their voices […]

Bringing Solidarity Home: These Walls Must Fall

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain @MariennaPW Click here to read the article in full EXTRACT: Coming home, it’s strange trying to figure out where you used to fit in. Media headlines about immigration stop being abstract and become about people we know. Apathy and discrimination start to hurt instead of just irritate because […]

Stand-off with prison profiteers at the Tower of London

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain   The Tower of London has been a tourist attraction for as long as anyone can remember. But on 15 November the infamous tower was back in action, opening its doors to host the European Custody and Detention Summit. Despite the talk of progressive reform, the £1,500 […]

Stop G4S: G4$ and the immigration detention estate

This week – on Thursday June 6th – the world’s largest security firm G4S, will hold its annual general meeting in the City of London. A large coalition of groups, including NCADC, has called for a demonstration to be held outside the event, in protest of G4S’s varying and widespread human rights abuses. This article, by […]