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QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering, August 2014 QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering, August 2014

We are interested to meet with other Quakers who share our concern at Yearly Meeting Gathering –  August 2014 http://www.quaker.org.uk/yearly-meeting-gathering-ymg-2014 Events:   Read More →

Immigration Detention Inquiry Immigration Detention Inquiry

Boaz Trust: You may have seen recent news coverage of immigration detention centres. Several Boaz clients have spent time in detention centres and spoken about the... 

RAPAR: HMIP: Amnesty International website blocked for immigration detainees RAPAR: HMIP: Amnesty International website blocked for immigration detainees

The latest unannounced official HMIP report on Haslar immigration detention centre reveals that the centre staff had blocked the websites for Bail for Immigration... 

Serco apologises after dismissals related to Yarl’s Wood allegations Serco apologises after dismissals related to Yarl’s Wood allegations

Firm revealed 10 staff were dismissed in relation to allegations of improper sexual contact with immigration centre detainees. Appearing before the Commons home... 

Migrant Children’s Project Newsletter June 2014 Migrant Children’s Project Newsletter June 2014

Policy & legal updates Legal aid residence test The Joint Committee on Human Rights today published a further report on the proposed residence test for civil... 

Update on EDM 99 on support rates Update on EDM 99 on support rates

To date EDM 99 has been supported by 39 MPs. This is a good start, but we need to keep the momentum going and build on this. So if you haven’t done so already,... 

Rape survivors in UK detention Rape survivors in UK detention

Activists call upon Angelina Jolie to meet rape survivors in a UK detention centre CRISTEL AMISS AND SIAN EVANS 12 June 2014 As the UK Foreign Secretary William... 

Why the UK government should not lock up women who seek asylum – petition Why the UK government should not lock up women who seek asylum – petition

6 June 2014: I am writing to you today because I wanted to ask you to give us some extra support to spread the word about why the UK government should not lock up... 

Harmondsworth Protest 7 June 2014 Harmondsworth Protest 7 June 2014

Surround Harmondsworth on 7th June 2014 @ 1pm. Calling on friends, family and supporters of individuals being held unjustly in one of the many detention centres... 

14/22 Follow-up to the European elections 14/22 Follow-up to the European elections

Here is a minute from Central England Asylum Group meeting 29.5.2014: 14/22 Follow-up to the European elections We are concerned that the rise of xenophobic political... 

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What you can do

QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering, August 2014 QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering, August 2014

We are interested to meet with other Quakers who share our concern at Yearly Meeting Gathering –  August 2014 http://www.quaker.org.uk/yearly-meeting-gathering-ymg-2014 Events:   Read More →

Immigration Detention Inquiry Immigration Detention Inquiry

Boaz Trust: You may have seen recent news coverage of immigration detention centres. Several Boaz clients have spent time in detention centres and spoken about the... 

Why the UK government should not lock up women who seek asylum – petition Why the UK government should not lock up women who seek asylum – petition

6 June 2014: I am writing to you today because I wanted to ask you to give us some extra support to spread the word about why the UK government should not lock up... 

Harmondsworth Protest 7 June 2014 Harmondsworth Protest 7 June 2014

Surround Harmondsworth on 7th June 2014 @ 1pm. Calling on friends, family and supporters of individuals being held unjustly in one of the many detention centres... 

New legal aid cuts hit migrants – and what you can do to help New legal aid cuts hit migrants – and what you can do to help

On 1 April 2013, new legal aid changes were introduced through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The act has significantly... 

14/22 Follow-up to the European elections 14/22 Follow-up to the European elections

Here is a minute from Central England Asylum Group meeting 29.5.2014: 14/22 Follow-up to the European elections We are concerned that the rise of xenophobic political... 

Can you provide a safe place for an asylum seeker to stay? Can you provide a safe place for an asylum seeker to stay?

May 9, 2013: A third of Boaz accommodation for asylum seekers is provided by hosts. These are local families and individuals in Manchester who have a spare room... 

Donations are welcome Donations are welcome

We inherited some money in the early days which has been used to support the website,  materials to support our efforts,  and expenses incurred for meetings etc.... 

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... 

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Reports

Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network – Annual report for AGM 2014 Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network – Annual report for AGM 2014

Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network is a network of Quakers across UK who share a concern about the injustices that are practiced in our name, and a determination to bring about change for those who have been forced to seek asylum and to reach out with support for those who share our concern. QARN members hold discussions and share information through... [Read more of this review]

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

13 Quaker Peace and Social Witness and Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network contribution 1. Introduction Work with refugees and asylum-seekers is an expression of our commitment to justice, equality and peace. During the twentieth century Quakers were active in the Kinder Transport, enabling the children of persecuted Jews to come to the United Kingdom.... [Read more of this review]

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]

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