QARN Statement on Destitution

November 10, 2014 by  
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qarn logo sm “That which is morally wrong cannot be politically right” 1822 Quaker  Faith and Practice 23.26

Enforced destitution is being used as an instrument of immigration control and, increasingly, of other government policies which primarily affect the most vulnerable. Quakers believe that there is that of God in every person and strive towards equality of respect. Refusing people any legal means of survival or dignity is denying the divine and humanity, which can never be justified.  While we being mindful of settled residents struggling with poverty and destitution because of austerity pay rates and austerity benefit policies, we should neither ignore nor blame those who have sought sanctuary in the U.K. Read more

Refugees and Migrants (Search and Rescue Operation)

November 6, 2014 by  
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parliament_logoHansard 30 Oct 2014 : Column 397

10.32 am  Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab/Co-op) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on why the Government have decided not to support search and rescue operations for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.

The Minister for Security and Immigration (James Brokenshire): The United Kingdom has a long and proud tradition of providing sanctuary to those who genuinely need it. We work closely with our European neighbours to provide assistance to those fleeing from fear or persecution and to deter those whose criminal actions stand in the way of providing effective help. Read more

Jimmy Mubenga: Deportee shouted ‘you’re killing me’

November 5, 2014 by  
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JIMMYMUBENGA_4An Angolan deportee was heard by air passengers to cry out “you’re killing me” as he was pinned down in his seat by G4S security guards, a jury heard.

Three G4S guards killed Jimmy Mubenga, 46, as they restrained him on a flight from the UK, the Old Bailey was told.

Colin Kaler, 51, from Bedfordshire, Terrence Hughes, 53, from Hampshire, and Stuart Tribelnig, 38, from Surrey, deny the manslaughter of Mr Mubenga. Read more

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

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