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Rebalancing the scales after ‘deport first, appeal later’

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Published at Detention Action Imagine moving to the UK as a young man. You find work and set up life here. You meet a British woman. You fall in love. You get married, start a family. The UK becomes your home. But things are not always straightforward. You fall in with the wrong crowd. You start selling drugs. You are caught, convicted and sent to prison. You count down the days before you will have… Read more »

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ECHR finds vulnerable Zimbabwean national unlawfully detained by Home Office

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By Rebeccca Carr, published by Free Movement. In a recent decision from Strasbourg, the European Court of Human Rights has found the UK Home Office unlawfully detained a Zimbabwean national. The Court found that the UK authorities had failed to act with sufficient “due diligence” in progressing the Applicant’s case, leading to him being detained for over two and a half years in an immigration removal centre. Background The applicant was born in Zimbabwe. He… Read more »

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These Walls Must Fall: Sheffield

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Right to Remain took These Walls Must Fall to Sheffield’s fabulous Migration Matters festival last week, as part of a two-part workshop, looking firstly at navigating the UK’s asylum system (based on the Right to Remain Toolkit) and then at an issue that affects all people seeking the right to remain in the UK: immigration detention. Preparing for our workshop on challenging immigration #detention today at Sheffield @MigMatFest #thesewallsmustfall #nooneisillegal pic.twitter.com/icXRPWVvsa — Right to Remain… Read more »

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Election Time…

What will the next Government do about immigration detention?  Who is going to be your next MP?  Ask your parliamentary candidates if they agree it’s #Time4aTimeLimit! The General Election is going to take place on 8 June 2017. This is an opportunity to ask those who are standing in this election their views on immigration detention, if they will support a 28-day detention time limit and begin the process of developing a fair and compassionate immigration… Read more »

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A polite revolution

What makes people start caring about an issue? And what makes people go beyond just caring to doing something about it? These were some of the questions considered during a These Walls Must Fall workshop in Manchester this week, with campaigners from asylum-seeking and other migrant backgrounds. How many people would date their political awakening to being handed a flyer, or asked to sign a petition, or reading a policy report? In all honesty, very… Read more »

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Brutality at Brook House highlights urgency behind Parliamentary detention debate

An impassioned and powerful debate on detention took place amongst MPs at Westminster Hall on Tuesday. The debate followed harrowing reports that emerged from Brook House last week, of a detainee resisting charter flight removal who was gassed and beaten by G4S guards. The story was a sobering reminder of just how desperately change is needed and just how little progress the government has made. “On March 6th – two days before a scheduled charter… Read more »

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Liverpool

Plans are afoot in Liverpool to get the These Walls Must Fall campaign rolling. If you want to get involved, get in touch… email us

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Manchester says: These walls must fall

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On Monday 20 February as part of the One Day Without Us national day of migrant solidarity, over 100 people gathered in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens for two events. The gatherings were organised by Right to Remain with local migrant groups including United For Change and Manchester Migrant Solidarity, under the campaign banner of These Walls Must Fall. The afternoon rain stopped, sort of, just long enough for the lunchtime gathering at Piccadilly Gardens. Over the… Read more »

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Imagine one day without us. Imagine one day without detention centres

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“At 5 am I wake up sat on my bed and staring outside the window looking at the gods, praying that G4S will not come today” Monday 20 February is a national day of action – One Day Without Us – in solidarity with migrants, with events taking place up and down the country. In Manchester, Right to Remain is working with local migrant groups including United For Change and Manchester Migrant Solidarity to hold… Read more »

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“We are the people who can change everything”: detention has met its match

Right to Remain’s double-bill of Manchester detention workshops seemed to, inadvertently, involve very inauspicious timings.  The first workshop in the series, on preparing in case of immigration detention, was on the day that local activist Dianne Ngoza was detained at Dallas Court (the Home Office reporting centre in Salford). Dianne is very well connected and an active member of lots of local groups, and there was a large demonstration in solidarity with her at Dallas Court on… Read more »

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Preparing in case of detention

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Detention generally happens very suddenly. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared. The Right to Remain Toolkit contains important information about preparing in case of detention, and they’ve been taking this information out on tour, running workshops across the UK, and hearing from groups who use these methods, on how it works best in practice, and challenges they’ve faced and overcome. If you do not have the right to remain in the UK, you… Read more »

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Manchester lessons

If you are at risk of detention, it’s really important to be prepared. There are many things you can think about and get ready in case the worst happens to you. One of the most important aspects of this is having a system in place with other people, so that if you are detained, people know straight away and start taking action for you. This was discussed at the recent Right to Remain workshop in… Read more »

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