Archive for October 2009

Kamila Shamsie, Jeanette Winterson, Gillian Slovo, Hanif Kureishi, Ian Rankin and Nick Hornby among dozens of leading writers calling for child detention to end – Petition shoots past 1,500 – 81 MPs join call to end child detention

In today’s Guardian leading writers urge government halt to child detention: We have been disturbed by Guardian reports (Children made ‘sick with fear’ in UK immigration detention centres, 13 October) about the government’s detention of asylum-seeking children. Doctors’ findings that children at Yarl’s Wood suffered from confusion, fear, sleep problems, headaches, abdominal pain, severe emotional […]

Petition enters Top 100 in less than a month – New Statesman reports on launch of ECDN – Times columnist Sathnam Sangera stand up for Sir Al & against detention – 71 MPs support motion to end child detention

End child detention now has become one of the fastest growing petitions on the No10 website registering over 1,350 signatures in less than a month. It is now one of the 100 most signed petitions out of 4555 on the Downing Street website. Among the many recent signatories ECDN was delighted to spot several award […]

UKBA ‘treats children well’ by ignoring doctor’s warning that young Nigerian girl was a suicide risk

In the week that 10 year old Adeoti Ogunsola tried to strangle herself to death after being forcibly taken to a removal centre for a second time by UKBA security guards, the UKBA’s David Wood fumes that Henry Porter’s article ‘held little basis in fact’ and that ‘Treating children with care and compassion is a […]

Petition soars through 1,000 – Bestselling author Lynne Reid Banks – 63 MPs support EDM – and a reminder of why this is a life and death cause…

Shortly before 1pm on Friday the end child detention now no10 petition recorded its 1,000th name. A huge thank you to everyone who has signed the petition so far. Let’s redouble our efforts to take the number of signatures to 2,000 in memory of all the children who are arrested and detained by the immigration […]

Stop imprisoning children now

Simon Parker: The Guardian, Comment is Free Would Phil Woolas let his children be locked up? This shameful practice of detaining families seeking asylum must stop Wed Oct 21 2009 Henry Porter opened his Observer column this week on the plight of the 2,000 children the UK government arrests and imprisons each year with the […]

Esmé Madill, The Independent: End the inhumanity of child detention

We detain 2,000 ayslum-seeking children each year in awful conditions Tuesday, 20 October 2009 While Ali waited for the van to take him to join his parents in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, my daughters helped me pack a bag of toys for his long journey. He was desperate for his mum. He’s two years old. […]

No10 Petition Passes 500 – now the government must respond – Colin Firth speaks out against child detention

Now we have passed 500 – we look forward to receiving the government’s justification for this immoral and unnecessary abuse of children. Our next target is to have one signature for every child that the UKBA will lock up this year. That’s four times as many as have signed so far – so please pass […]

We are shockingly complacent about locking up 2,000 children a year

The plight of the children of asylum seekers represents a sadly unexceptional failure of public conscience, writes Henry Porter in The Observer  on Sunday 18 October

40 MPs call on government to stop child detention in first week – Letter to Guardian – Why does UKBA continue to ignore Dubs report? – Former refugee children launch hand prints campaign in East London

A great boost to the end child detention now campaign came with the news that in the first five days more than 40 MPs have signed or pledged to sign the House of Commons early day motion sponsored by Chris Mullin – including new signatures from John Austin, Norman Baker, Colin Breed, Annette Brooke, Ronnie […]

Chris Mullin’s EDM Goes Live – 400+ sign No10 petition – New report shows detention harms children’s health

MPs John Battle, Peter Bottomley, Mark Durkan, Fabian Hamilton, Lynne Jones and Sarah Teather are among the first to sign early day motion 1982 in the name of Chris Mullin calling for an end to the detention of children. Parliamentary support is expected to grow over the coming days as MPs respond to the dozens […]