‘Injustice in Immigration Detention’, an independent report by Dr Anna Lindley

Injustice in Immigration Detention – Bar Council: New research reveals that immigration detention ‘operates in a very unjust way’, has a ‘flawed statutory framework’ & ‘inadequate routes to challenge decisions.’ Our international reputation is at risk’, warns Bar Council.

Migrants held in detention for too long with inadequate access to the courts or to legal help are among a catalogue of problems highlighted by Injustice in Immigration Detention’, an independent report by Dr Anna Lindley of SOAS, published today.

also, please note, from Detention Forum:  A Conservative MP supports a call for time limit, suggesting 28 days

Andrew Mitchell MP has now written for ConservativesHome calling for a time limit.  Some of us will be meeting his office early in the new year to follow this up.  Please share it widely with the hashtag of #Time4aTimeLimit

Manchester immigration detention motion: these walls must fall

Manchester City Council became the first local authority in Britain to pass a motion condemning immigration detention: The These Walls Must Fall motion was proposed by Moss Side councillor Mahadi Sharif Mahamad, and means that the City Council is now fully behind the campaign. After meeting with local residents in the These Walls Must Fall campaign, councillor Mahamad took the proposal to his fellow councillors. Continue reading

Encouraging news from Refugee Action

You spoke out for refugees’ right to learn, and the government has listened. In October, we handed our Let Refugees Learn petition in to the Government. It featured more than 10,000 signatures from people like you who believe that giving refugees access to English lessons is vital for them to be able to rebuild their lives here in Britain. Continue reading

HRW: Call to Greece #Opentheislands

13.12.2017: Good news! Last week the Greek government pledged to transfer 5,000 asylum seekers trapped on Greece’s islands, living in dangerous, overcrowded conditions, to mainland Greece by December 15. Currently, more than 1,500 people have already been transferred.

This decision came from the top – Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Which means we owe a huge thank you to everyone who reached out to him through our campaign, calling on him to protect these asylum seekers.

This is a major positive step, but there is more yet to do. Another 10,000 plus asylum seekers will remain trapped on the islands – some forced to sleep in summer tents or on the ground – because Greece, together with other EU countries, have a policy in place to prevent these people from leaving the islands and to try to return them to Turkey. Continue reading

Quakers: Challenging immigration policies

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Drawing of a woman, man, child and baby.Challenging immigration policies 5.12.2017

Britain’s Quakers are pledging to challenge immigration policies. The position takes a stand against the scandal of indefinite immigration detention, pledges support for ‘new, peaceful, safer routes of migration’, and opposes the possibility of unjust deportations and forced removals.

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Independent: Austrian authorities investigate after 11-year-old Afghan boy ‘kills himself in refugee camp’

The child was left to care for his six siblings, according to reports …

‘Authorities said they noticed “nothing unusual”. The boy’s death appeared to be the latest in a wave of suicides among young refugees in Europe.

The UN’s children agency Unicef has denounced “the lack of protective measures for migrant children in Europe”, accusing EU member states of doing “much too little”. ‘

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/suicide-afghan-refugee-eleven-year-old-boy-vienna-camp-crisis-afghanistan-conditions-investigation-a8063171.html