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A Q&A with Clare Sambrook, OurKingdom co-editor and co-founder of the ‘End Child Detention Now’ campaign. Interviewer: Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, writer-in-residence... 

UN special rapporteur criticises Britain’s ‘in-your-face’ sexist culture UN special rapporteur criticises Britain’s ‘in-your-face’ sexist culture

Rashida Manjoo also says Home Office refused to allow access to Yarl’s Wood immigration centre on fact-finding mission  Rashida Manjoo, above, was told... 

Refugee Action Calls On Immigration Minister To Honour Britain’s ‘Proud History Of Supporting Refugees’ Refugee Action Calls On Immigration Minister To Honour Britain’s ‘Proud History Of Supporting Refugees’

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire was today questioned by MPs in the House of Commons following Wednesday’s damning judgment from the High Court. The judgment,... 

Review ordered into questioning over-intrusive questioning of gay asylum seekers Review ordered into questioning over-intrusive questioning of gay asylum seekers

Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered a review of border officials’ handling of asylum claims made by gay and lesbian applicants following reports that some... 

Children entering detention under Immigration Act powers Children entering detention under Immigration Act powers

The figures maybe revised in subsequent quarterly immigration publications and should be seen as provisional. February 2014 (ODS, 9.88KB)  Children... 

Asylum seekers in the UK: Let them work and let them eat Asylum seekers in the UK: Let them work and let them eat

ROGER ROBERTS AND RUTH LISTER 19 March 2014 A new Bill would remove most grounds of appeal for immigration decisions, turn landlords into immigration police and... 

Why the Jimmy Mubenga trial matters. By ex-Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham Why the Jimmy Mubenga trial matters. By ex-Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham

Open Democracy - DAVID RAMSBOTHAM 21 March 2014 On Thursday the Crown Prosecution Service announced that three former G4S guards, Stuart Tribelnig, Terry Hughes... 

UN: Syria asylum claims in rich  nations more than double in 2013 UN: Syria asylum claims in rich nations more than double in 2013

21 March 2014 – A new report issued today by the United Nations refugee agency found a sharp rise in asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries over the course... 

Deaths in the custody of immigration detention services Deaths in the custody of immigration detention services

Channel 4 : “Left to die in British detention: who was Alois Dvorzac?” - 18/03/14 “Until now we only knew a name: Alois Dvorzac. But who was the... 

ILPA Briefings for Immigration Bill House of Lords’ Committee stage, 3 March 2014 ILPA Briefings for Immigration Bill House of Lords’ Committee stage, 3 March 2014

ILPA Briefings for Immigration Bill House of Lords’ Committee stage, 3 March 2014 Last updated 11 March 2014 : Notes on the Immigration Bill – please... 

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What you can do

Look out for QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering 2014 Look out for QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering 2014

Look out for us at BYM: we are planning: A joint QARN session with QUNO: the session title is ‘Refugees: national and international developments and challenges’... 

QARN Conference for Quakers at Woodbrooke 6-8 February 2015 QARN Conference for Quakers at Woodbrooke 6-8 February 2015

 Working title: Detention, destitution and deportation - Peace, Truth and Equality Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power We are planning a conference... 

ILPA: monitoring legal aid changes ILPA: monitoring legal aid changes

We have two monitoring sheets, one for legal representatives and one for NGOs, to monitor and record details of people they are unable to help due to the changes... 

SHSH: What you can do SHSH: What you can do

Take action: Still Human is calling on the Government to give asylum seekers permission to work if they have been waiting for more than six months for their cases... 

INDEFINITE DETENTION IN DORSET:  IRC THE VERNE  Public Meeting – All welcome! INDEFINITE DETENTION IN DORSET: IRC THE VERNE Public Meeting – All welcome!

Meeting: Thursday 27th, February 2014, 6.45pm St. John’s Church, Greenhill, Weymouth DT4 7SS The UK’s use of immigration detention is growing. At any one time,... 

28.1.2014 Immigration Bill briefing session – children 28.1.2014 Immigration Bill briefing session – children

 A briefing session on the immigration bill and how it will affect children, covering restrictions on access to healthcare and housing and the narrowing of appeal... 

Take action: Planned Legal Aid cuts and the Immigration Bill Take action: Planned Legal Aid cuts and the Immigration Bill

26 January 2014: The Ministry of Justice is planning further cuts to legal aid. These include a ‘residence test’ which would prevent immigration detainees... 

Kirklees and Swansea councillors back bid to support destitute asylum seekers 18 Jan 2014 11:00 Figures show there were 33 destitute asylum seekers and 300 supported by the Home Office in the borough last year Kirklees and Swansea councillors back bid to support destitute asylum seekers 18 Jan 2014 11:00 Figures show there were 33 destitute asylum seekers and 300 supported by the Home Office in the borough last year

Congratulations Kirklees and Swansea: A bid to support destitute asylum seekers received the backing of councillors. Figures show there were 33 destitute asylum... 

We call on the Home Secretary to release Isa Muazu from detention immediately We call on the Home Secretary to release Isa Muazu from detention immediately

 Detention Forum: 21 November 2013:  Isa Muazu, a refused asylum seeker from Nigeria, has been on hunger strike in Harmondsworth detention centre for over 85... 

Destitution: take action Destitution: take action

Take action: Still Human is calling on the Government to give asylum seekers permission to work if they have been waiting for more than six months for their cases... 

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Reports

UN: Syria asylum claims in rich  nations more than double in 2013 UN: Syria asylum claims in rich nations more than double in 2013

21 March 2014 – A new report issued today by the United Nations refugee agency found a sharp rise in asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries over the course of last year, driven primarily by the crisis in Syria. According to “Asylum Trends 2013,” 612,700 people applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year... [Read more of this review]

The truth about sexual abuse in a British detention centre The truth about sexual abuse in a British detention centre

CLARE SAMBROOK 29 October 2013: What is the government really doing to protect immigration detainees from their guards? In Parliament on Tuesday 15 October, the Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather challenged the government to come clean about a sexual abuse scandal. Male guards employed by the commercial contractor Serco have, allegedly, been sexually... [Read more of this review]

Open Democracy – G4S and other assorted reports Open Democracy – G4S and other assorted reports

G4S: Securing whose world? In a privatised children’s prison, a care worker restrained a boy who died; G4S promoted him. After guards killed an asylum-seeker on a plane, G4S was handed a public contract to provide housing for asylum-seekers — they’ve made a mess of that. In a prison van in Australia they baked a man to death. Welcome... [Read more of this review]

Destitution: Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report  Asylum Destitution: Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report Asylum

Destitution 84.  People in all stages of the asylum system experience destitution: those awaiting a decision if they are unable to access support; those whose appeal rights are currently exhausted but fail to return to their country of origin, who lose all support and are evicted from accommodation 21 days after a final refusal; and those who have... [Read more of this review]

Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report – Asylum Home Affairs Committee – Seventh Report – Asylum

Terms of Reference Key Facts In 2012, there were 21,955 applications for asylum in the UK. As of 19 September 2013, of those 21,955 cases, 18,423 have received an initial decision and 12,632 have been concluded. This means that 3,523 people who applied for asylum in 2012 have yet to receive an initial decision. Of the 12, 632 cases that have been concluded... [Read more of this review]

I don’t feel human, experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants, I don’t feel human, experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants,

Destitution: Recommendations: Children and young people have specific rights that should be protected above considerations of immigration control, and should be central to the decisions made about them. End-to-end cash-based support The government should implement a single end-to-end cash-based support system for asylum seekers as well as those who... [Read more of this review]

Kidney transplant patient wins immigration appeal hearing Kidney transplant patient wins immigration appeal hearing

On Friday 26 July,  judges in the Upper Immigration and Asylum Tribunal rejected an appeal from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, that Roseline Akhalu, a 49-year old former postgraduate student from Leeds should be returned to Nigeria where she would have faced the prospect of death ‘within weeks’. [Read more of this review]  Read More →

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