QARN submission to APP on Immigration Detention

October 25, 2014 by  
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quaker_home_theme1Click here for the QARN submission with the full support of Quakers in Britain,  to the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Refugees and Migration – Immigration Detention: 2014 Oct 1 Submission to APPG inquiry . 

 

Here is a link to the Home Page: http://detentioninquiry.com/

Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power

September 27, 2014 by  
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WoodbrookeA conference run at Woodbrooke in partnership with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network.

Friday 6 February 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015

Course Details

Explore how the issues of detention, destitution and deportation are deeply related to Quaker concerns and Testimonies; find mutual support amongst f/Friends engaged in this emotionally demanding work; maintain your sense of hope, and find ways to be active for change. The Conference is suitable for Quakers – Members, Attenders, Enquirers – who are involved in asylum-related issues, those who are curious or upholding others, or who are active in other aspects of social justice. We hope Area Meetings will encourage participation. Read more

How children’s charity Barnardo’s locks up kids with Guantánamo contractor G4S

September 13, 2014 by  
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2014 sept 12 BARNARDOSTOMTOM SANDERSON 9 September 2014: Britain’s leading children’s charity helps the world’s biggest security company lock up children who have committed no crime.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration fringe event at Labour Party conference

September 13, 2014 by  
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Yvette Cooper MP22 Sep 2014 - 17:30 - 19:00, Lecture Room, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration will be holding a fringe event at the Labour Party conference in September. The following meeting will be in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy Research. 
As the 2015 General Election looms, Labour is still trying to find the best way to talk to voters about immigration. What is Labour’s vision of the role migration plays in modern Britain and how does it fit with the range of voters’ concerns? What are the key messages that will win the support both of liberal public opinion and of those who are concerned about the impacts of migration in their communities?
Keynote Speaker

Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary

Speakers:

  • Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary
  • Tim Finch, IPPR
  • Margaret Burton, Ernst & Young
  • Don Flynn, Migrants’ Rights Network
  • Paul Blomfield MP, Chair

Detention, Destitution and Deportation: Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power

September 12, 2014 by  
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WoodbrookeA conference run at Woodbrooke in partnership with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network.

Friday 6 February 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015

Course Details

Explore how the issues of detention, destitution and deportation are deeply related to Quaker concerns and Testimonies; find mutual support amongst f/Friends engaged in this emotionally demanding work; maintain your sense of hope, and find ways to be active for change. The Conference is suitable for Quakers – Members, Attenders, Enquirers – who are involved in asylum-related issues, those who are curious or upholding others, or who are active in other aspects of social justice. We hope Area Meetings will encourage participation.

Course Leader Information

Maud Grainger is Woodbrooke’s Faith in Action Tutor. She is interested in how we live our witness in the world and community activism.

Invited speakers include: Jerome Phelps from Detention Forum, which is working to change the system of immigration detention; Mike Kaye from Still Human Still Here Read more

EDM 99: asylum support rates

August 19, 2014 by  
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parliament_logo‘Be The Change’ Action Update August 2014 - Regional Asylum Activism:

This month we are calling on you to urge your MP to support an Early Day Motion on raising asylum support rates, following the Government’s disappointing announcement that the level of asylum support will remain unchanged this year. We are also asking you to defend access to healthcare for people seeking asylumin the light of the Department of Health’s new implementation scheme for introducing charging for primary and emergency healthcare. Read more

John Vine: whats gone wrong with immigration

August 19, 2014 by  
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independentIf you haven’t time to read all of it these quotes are of particular interest:
“I meet a lot asylum-seekers and they always appear to me to be genuinely people who are fleeing persecution and deserve to be treated appropriately,” he says. “I don’t think they have a cushy life. Very often they rely upon the support of friends and families. My job is ensure that the Home Office treats those applicants properly, fairly and in accordance with the law.
As for what’s next, Mr Vine says he is looking for a “new challenge” but hints that he is interested in using his new freedom to take a more active role in the political debate around immigration. Read more

Immigration Detention Inquiry

July 30, 2014 by  
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2014 July 29Boaz 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 trauma of being imprisoned indefinitely.

Earlier this month MP’s launched an inquiry into the use of immigration detention and are inviting individuals with experience of detention to submit accounts of their experiences before 1 October 2014. Charities and organisations can also contribute. Read more Read more

RAPAR: HMIP: Amnesty International website blocked for immigration detainees

July 19, 2014 by  
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haslarThe latest unannounced official HMIP report on Haslar immigration detention centre reveals that the centre staff had blocked the websites for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Amnesty International:

Detainees had access to the internet, but some key websites were blocked. The officer on duty in the internet suite could unblock any site. When we visited, the officer agreed to unblock the Bail for Immigration Detainees’ website but not Amnesty International’s without more senior approval. Read more

Serco apologises after dismissals related to Yarl’s Wood allegations

July 5, 2014 by  
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guardian_logoFirm revealed 10 staff were dismissed in relation to allegations of improper sexual contact with immigration centre detainees.
 
Appearing before the Commons home affairs committee, Serco executives said that the dismissals related to eight separate cases – out of a total of 31 which had been investigated – at the centre in Bedfordshire over the past seven years.

Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after disclosing that 10 of its staff had been dismissed in relation to allegations of improper sexual contact with female detainees at the Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre. Read more

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