Committee for the Prevention of Torture report: UK detention practice

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report (pdf) on UK detention practice in April 2017.

The report reviewed the treatment of people in adult and youth prisons, police custody, and immigration detention; with a specific focus on in-patient adult psychiatry. Continue reading

‘The Scar Test’ @ Soho Theatre July 2017

The Scar Test is now open for booking. It runs at Soho Theatre (in London) from 5- 22 July. The play is about the experiences of women in detention in this country. Full details here – http://www.sohotheatre.com/w hats-on/the-scar-test/

Based on verbatim interviews, The Scar Test explores life inside Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, a place in which those seeking safe haven are thrown into a dark world under lock and key where their lives are regulated, privacy is non-existent and where every detainee has a story to tell.

Post-show discussions – Mon 10 and 17 Jul evening & Sat 15 and 22 Jul following matinees

Age Recommendation: 14+

Questions for Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

Detention Forum: Don’t forget that you can ask PPCs questions about topics that are not contained in their manifesto documents.  The more PPCs are asked about immigration detention and if they support #Time4aTimeLimit, a stronger message we will be sending to all the political parties that this is an important issue.

  • 8 June – Voting day.
  • 9 June – We will know the results!

Write to them! 

You can write to your PPCs using the sample letter here (link to the sample letter). Continue reading

Responding to forced migration – Refugee Week 2017

Rooted in the conviction that there is that of God in every person, Quakers across Britain are working to welcome people seeking sanctuary.

Throughout Refugee Week (19–25 June) Friends House Euston will be open as a space to discuss the role of culture in renewing and regenerating values rooted in love, unity and peace.

http://quaker.org.uk/our-work/social-justice/migration#heading-1 Continue reading

Ask your election candidates …

Thank you to those who contributions ideas for recommendations for the UK’s review under the UN Universal Periodic Review process. We put your suggestions out to diplomats here in Geneva, and we were pleased to see that refugees’ and migrants’ rights came up frequently during the review, which took place last week.  Continue reading

Universal Periodic Review: UK 2017

From QUNO: Refugee and migrant issues were raised in a total of 29 recommendations by other States. The report containing all the recommendations is available here: https://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/united_kingdom/session_27_-_may_2017/a_hrc_wg.6_27_l.7.pdf

The recommendations most relevant to your concerns were (country making the recommendation to the UK is in brackets): Continue reading

Ask your candidate to sign the Refugees Welcome Pledge

Throughout history, the UK has been a welcoming place of safety for people fleeing some of the world’s most appalling conflicts and regimes.

We’re proud that 10,000 Jewish children found refuge here through the Kindertransport scheme during the Second World War; we’re proud that Britain was there for Uganda’s Asians during their escape from brutal dictator Idi Amin, and we’re proud that Britain will offer a safer future to 20,000 Syrian men, women and children during their hour of greatest need.

Today we’re asking for your help to ensure the UK continues this life saving work. Continue reading

Some Key Questions on Forced Migration.

Why are people forced to migrate? The causes are many and complex.  Each persons reasons for migration are a unique combination.

One example. A couple with their two children who fled from Eritrea to Sudan, Eritrea has one of the most oppressive regimes in the world.. He is a member of a Pentecostalist church which is not registered with the state. Only Churches that are registered are allowed to practice. He went ahead of the family to seek sanctuary in the UK. His application for asylum was refused. The Home Office immigration officer did not believe he had faced persecution because of his religion. The office of the lawyer who had advised him had closed.  He lost his minimal asylum support payments and was homeless. He was forbidden to work.  When I met him he was sleeping in train stations, churches and occasionally with friends. He was under Hammersmith Hospital for diabetes.   Continue reading