RAGE AND DISMAY GREET RMJ COLLAPSE GOVERNMENT URGED TO REVIVE REFUGEE & MIGRANT JUSTICE

END CHILD DETENTION NOW PRESS RELEASE 28 June 2010

LEADING charities and clergy and prominent figures including Colin Firth and Michael Morpurgo have greeted with rage and dismay news that Refugee & Migrant Justice has been allowed to collapse.

Refugee and Migrant Justice, formerly the Refugee Legal Centre, was the largest specialist national provider of legal representation to asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants.

RMJ was awarded the Liberty/Justice Human Rights Award in 2005, in particular for its litigation work with Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Last week RMJ went into administration as a direct result of the government’s refusal to make legal aid payment until after cases are closed. Continue reading “RAGE AND DISMAY GREET RMJ COLLAPSE GOVERNMENT URGED TO REVIVE REFUGEE & MIGRANT JUSTICE”

Refugee Children’s Consortium – A debate on alternatives to child detention

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Groups involved in support for migrants and asylum seekers cannot in conscience support the government’s aim of increased family removals, when return is too often the outcome of a system where the odds are so heavily weighted against claimants that it is fatally flawed and cannot do justice.

The Refugee Children’s Consortium (RCC), a coalition of thirty immigration and children’s organisations, appreciates this difficulty and refuses to engage in any removals project. As it points out in its briefing for the parliamentary debate:

* ‘Ending the detention of children is not dependent on establishing “alternatives to detention” projects, or new processes for families. Continue reading “Refugee Children’s Consortium – A debate on alternatives to child detention”