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Abuse in Brook House: Freed Voices open letter

Freed Voices

Freed Voices. Together we have lost over 20 years of our lives to detention in the UK. Last night’s Panorama, “Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets“, showed horrific scenes of abuse and mistreatment of people in detention. This is something anyone who has been detained can relate to. Sadly, it is neither unique nor isolated – it is routine in detention. Freed Voices members have been detained across the country and we all share the same stories of violence, emotional abuse… Read more »

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How to get your MP working in the campaign against indefinite detention

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Why you need to speak to politicians now: how to use Detention Forum’s latest briefing paper on immigration detention This post is by the the Detention Forum: Our latest parliamentary briefing paper, Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom is now available. You can download it here. Now is the time that you speak to your MPs, Peers and your communities about the urgent need for detention reform, starting with a time limit. Here is why.… Read more »

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Right to Remain response to the BBC Panorama revelations

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Detention is violent, harmful and immoral By Right to Remain Tonight, BBC Panorama broadcast undercover footage filmed in Brook House detention centre.  The footage was extremely upsetting – showing staff verbally abusing people in detention in very vulnerable situations, and reporting their own physically abusive behaviour.   The programme showed just how dehumanising detention is – of both those detained, and those that work there.  “If he dies, he dies” said one guard about a man… Read more »

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Brook House G4S staff abuse allegations

Brook House

The Detention Forum has issued a statement in response to the news of G4S suspending its staff as part of abuse investigation. ‘We welcome the news that G4S has suspended nine staff members who are being investigated over allegations of abuse. We understand that this action was triggered by BBC Panorama’s undercover documentary which will be aired on Monday next week. Such allegations must be thoroughly investigated. Any form of abuse is unacceptable. However, scrutiny… Read more »

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Legal challenge to detention of homeless Europeans

European nationals who become homeless in the UK are being rounded up for detention and deportation. The Public Interest Law Unit, along with NELMA, are bringing a judicial review against a Home Office policy seeking to remove EEA Nationals for rough sleeping. They need donations to pay for legal costs for this important case. The Home Office is deliberately targeting European nationals sleeping rough by detaining and deporting them. Financial support is needed to continue… Read more »

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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

European Court of Human Rights

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

Migration Matters

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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