Around 100 women in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre are protesting at their continuing incarceration. Their demands are listed below. The protest coincided with a visit to the notorious centre by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abboot MP. You can read a report of that visit at the Guardian here. For up to date info and news, follow @detainedvoices on Twitter and check the website. 1. Shorter bail request periods Legally it should 3-5 days, however… Read more »
Campaigners are working with their local elected representatives to pass council motions against immigration detention. Here are some tips on getting a council to support the campaign in this way
A great way of raising awareness of detention as a local issue, and showing that local people are against it, is getting a letter published in a local newspaper. Here’s some tips.
You can use this template letter to raise the issue of immigration detention with your MP. Remember, it’s best to send personalised letters to your MP – wherever possible using local, individual examples of the impact that immigration detention has – so feel free to add and amend to this letter! You can use the text below, or download a copy of the letter here. You can find the contact details of your MP here.… Read more »
This weekend (9th-11th Feb), Right to Remain will be at Lush Oxford Street raising money for the These Walls Must Fall campaign! In the run up to Valentine’s Day, we will be in the largest Lush Shop in the world explaining our work and selling special edition Hand & Body Moisturiser Charity Pots. A key aspect of These Walls Must Fall is having migrants impacted by detention to be front and centre of campaigning. These… Read more »
Back where it all began… In November 2016, These Walls Must Fall hosted their first open meetings at Cross Street Chapel, to discuss, plan and start building a new kind of local campaign against detention in Greater Manchester. This was just over a year ago, and under the shadow of the detention local activist Dianne Ngoza*, people discussed the open-source, decentralised, non-directive approach of the campaign, and explored what the challenges and opportunities might be… Read more »
On January 10, Amnesty UK officially launched their new report ‘A matter of routine – the use of immigration detention in the UK’. Right to Remain writes about the launch: In launching this report, Amnesty UK has 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 to the UK’s indefinite immigration detention system. [Amnesty’s] research examined Home… Read more »
On a cold snowy night in Newcastle last week, there was a great turnout for our These Walls Must Fall training session. There were students, activists and experts-by-experience on detention in the room – and some were all three. After equipping people with some basic facts about detention – what it is, who it affects and why its wrong – the session turned to local action against detention. There were great suggestions made on thinking… Read more »
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 the government: "enough is enough!" #unlocked17 — Right to Remain (@Right_to_Remain) November 29, 2017 Final #mcc business is @MahdiTaarwale, who… Read more »
Manchester City Council has become the first local authority in Britain to pass a motion condemning immigration detention.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, who conduct independent inspections of both prisons and immigration detention centres, have today released its report on its June 2017 unannounced inspection of Yarl’s Wood detention centre. You can read the report here. Yarl’s Wood is perhaps the most famous of the UK’s sites of detention (find out more about the others through the Unlocking Detention project), and holds around 300 people – mostly women, but also adult family groups and… Read more »
Last Thursday human rights campaigners, union members, migrant rights groups, political representatives and other members of the public met in Manchester 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 Mechanics Institute, at a campaign launch meeting organised with Uniet the Union Greater Manchester Social Action Branch, over… Read more »