Your asylum procedure is too fast and not fair, UNHCR tells UK government

Today, the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency John Vine releases his report into the Detained Fast Track (DFT)  , a procedure whereby asylum seekers are detained if the government considers their claim “can be decided quickly”. My organisation, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has also been auditing the Detained Fast Track – at the government’s invitation – since 2008. Whilst John Vine’s report considers the efficiency and cost of the process, the concerns identified by UNHCR lie rather with the humanitarian impact of detaining asylum seekers and whether those who need international protection are identified properly. Continue reading

‘How Long is Indefinite?’ documentary

‘How Long is Indefinite?’ documentary: Held without trial for over 6 years and now released with 22-hour curfew as judge says Abu Qatada can no longer be held indefinitely, so why can thousands of immigrants without terrorism allegations be held in this way? What do you think? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/07/abu-qatada-attorney-general-law

Medical Justice speak out on the treatment suffered by migrants at the hands of UK Border Agency
http://www.medicaljustice.org.uk/news/articles/1923-bbc-radio-4-today-programme-qprivate-border-staff-out-of-controlq-interview-with-emma-ginn-260112.html

Petition calls for suspension of removals to DR Congo

HM Government e-petition. Responsible department: Home Office

Refused asylum seekers at risk on return to the Democratic Republic of Congo

Stop the torture of vulnerable Congolese asylum seekers now. The report ‘Unsafe return’ has documented that refused asylum seekers removed to the DRC are at risk of: – interrogation at the airport – arbitrary detention – being denied access to lawyers – torture and rape in detention It also documents the detention and ill treatment of children removed with parents and cases where returnees have successfully left the airport without harm but have been arrested at home later or been forced into hiding or exile. The Petition seeks to question: a)The adequacy of systems in place to monitor what happens to refused asylum seekers; b)The Home Office evidence for maintaining that the refused asylum seekers are not at risk. This petition calls for the suspension of removals until there has been a full inquiry into the safety of failed asylum seekers on return, in order to prevent future ill-treatment of vulnerable Congolese asylum seekers.

What are e-petitions?

e-petitions is an easy way for you to influence government policy in the UK. You can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.

International: Children deported to Kabul will face ‘horrible risks’ and more news

Gladys Mabvira finally released from Yarls Wood 

 Gladys Mabvira is an opposition activist from Zimbabwe. Despite the enormous risks she would face if returned to Zimbabwe, she has time and again been issued with removal directions by the Home Office. Only her strength in adversity and last minute legal actions kept Gladys with us here in the UK. She has this morning been released from Yarls Wood IRC on temporary admission, after spending six months detained there. Gladys has been an inspiration throughout – frequently asking after other individuals for whom NCADC is campaigning – and never giving up her fight for freedom. Just days before she was released, she wrote a damning statement on the conditions in Yarls Wood. Continue reading

Urgent Action Appeal: Please help Ashot to stay in the UK

Ashot is a truly remarkable and courageous, as well as a kind and generous man. He has been living in my house for the last 9 months, so I have got to know him very well. His courageous act may well cost him his life, unless we can save him from deportation. :

Urgent Action Appeal

Please help Ashot to stay in the UK

39-year-old Ashot Aghababyan from Armenia is currently being held in detention and is due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Sunday 5th February Flight number BD 933 to Yerevan, 15:05 (Home Office Ref: A1435279) Continue reading