Archive for December 2009

Leading London Refugee Community Organisation Holds Vigil Against Child Detention

The Shpresa Programme – a charity for Albanian-speaking refugees, asylum seekers and migrants was joined by its members, friends and supporters for a candlelit vigil on behalf of children in detention over the Christmas period. The vigil which was held at the Lifeline Community Church in Dagenham, Essex is part of the End Child Detention Now campaign. […]

Paddington Goes to No10 with children’s stop detention petition

Jeremy Corbyn MP for Islington North (second from right) joined with ECDN coordinator Esme Madill and Lulji Nuzi, Director of the Shpresa Programme  and a group of young former refugees from Kosovo in presenting 200 hand prints made by refugee children all across North London together with many signatures collected by supporters of the campaign […]

Tinsley House IRC “wholly unacceptable” says HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Provision at Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, run by G4S, had deteriorated since the last inspection and arrangements for children and single women were wholly unacceptable, said Dame Anne Owers, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced short follow-up inspection of the centre at Gatwick airport. Since the last inspection, Tinsley House […]

ECDN and Beverley Naidoo respond to unfair attack on campaign to end child detention in letters to Independent

Responding to an article by Mary Dejevesky in Tuesday’s  (15 December) Independent which accused end child detention campaigners and supporters – such as the more than 60 children’s authors and illustrators who signed an open letter to Gordon Brown – of being cynical and financially motivated in using Paddington Bear and the Christmas season to […]

LibDem Leader Nick Clegg tells PM: stop the scandal of children behind bars this Christmas.

Open letter to Gordon Brown Nick Clegg 15/12/09 Dear Gordon, I am writing to urge you to stop the scandal of hundreds of very young children, including toddlers, spending this Christmas locked up behind bars in Immigration Centres in Britain. One of the best ways to judge the moral compass of a nation is how […]

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond shares Mrs Bird’s outrage at locking up children

We are pleased to pass on this message from Paddington Bear to all our supporters, which the writer Michael Bond OBE (and No10 petition signer) has been kind enough to forward: “Whenever I hear about children from foreign  countries being put into detention centres, I think  how lucky I am to be living at number […]

Children’s authors and illustrators urge Gordon Brown to stop detaining children

Jacqueline Wilson, Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen, Benjamin Zephaniah, Julia Donaldson and sixty other leading children’s authors and illustrators have written to Gordon Brown urging him to stop detaining children. In a letter that appears in today’s OBSERVER, the writers and illustrators condemn the detention policy and strongly support children’s commissioner Sir Al Aynsley Green, the […]

Widespread media coverage of royal colleges statement

There was widespread reporting of the Royal Colleges of Medicine statement against child immigration detention in the media with live interviews on BBC television and radio and extensive reports in The Guardian news pages and comment is free, The Independent and The Times.

Doctors and health professionals in unprecedented call to stop child detention

The Royal Colleges of Paediatrics and Child Health, General Practitioners and Psychiatrists and the UK Faculty of Public Health have published a new policy statement and recommendations on the harms to the physical and mental health of children and young people in the UK who are subjected to administrative immigration detention. The three Royal Colleges […]

UKBA scrooges call the cops on St Nick

Re-posted from Ekklesia 4 December 2009 The police were called on the patron saint of children and the imprisoned today, as he tried to deliver Christmas gifts to children at a detention centre. The inspiration for the modern day Father Christmas, St Nicholas of Myra, was turned away at the gate of the Yarl’s Wood […]