Archive for January 2010

Family wins £100,000 for detention ordeal

Bolivian asylum seekers were falsely imprisoned and children traumatised after being held at centre. Esther Addley, The Guardian, Friday 29 January 2010. A refugee has won a settlement of £100,000 from the Home Office after it admitted falsely imprisoning her and her children at an immigration detention centre. Carmen Quiroga, originally from Bolivia, spent 42 […]

Judge slams UKBA for unlawful detention of family seeking asylum from Cameroon

Re-posted from the Stoke-on-Trent Sentinel, January 23 2010. “..the handling of this case as a whole, both prior to and following the bringing of judicial review, fails in several respects to meet the requirements of both the public interest in an efficient immigration system and the protection of individual rights”. – Judge David Elvin A […]

Major expansion of family detention facilities planned by UKBA

No Borders Brighton is urging Crawley Borough Council to reject plans to turn the Mercure Hotel on Povey Cross Road into a removal centre, writes Miranda Wilson in IRR News.  The group claims the design of the 254-bed hotel means it could only be converted to house families. It strongly opposes the detention of children […]

Roll calls, body searches and sex games

END CHILD DETENTION NOW exposes UKBA’s misleading claims to parliament on damning medical report. This piece was written by Clare Sambrook and first appeared at OpenDemocracy Back in October, a study by NHS paediatricians and psychologists, Lorek et al, found that babies and children were being harmed at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. The doctors recorded […]

Bringing the gift of literature to the children of Yarl’s Wood

CUMBRIAN bookseller, Derek Robinson, spent Christmas Day making the 500-mile round-trip to Bedfordshire to deliver books and puzzles for the innocent children locked up at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Derek, whose trip is featured in this week’s Big Issue In the North, owns Penrith’s Bluebell Bookshop. He said, ‘I wanted to bring the very best […]

Miep Gies: The courage to resist injustice

News of the death of Miep Gies reminds us that an ordinary Dutch family summoned extraordinary courage to shield German refugees, the Franks, from the Gestapo. Until the Nazis invaded Holland, Anne Frank’s family had been able to find work and safety in their adoptive country. If they had fled to present day Britain, the […]

Persecution begins at home

BRUTAL attacks on African migrant workers in the southern Italian town of Rosarno in recent days prompted the Pope to make a rare comment on contemporary events. Condemning the racial discrimination against and exploitation of immigrants in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI said, ‘Every migrant is a human being different because of provenance, culture and tradition but […]

End Child Detention Now candle lit vigil in York 30 December 2009

Campaign supporters gathered outside St Martin le Grand Church in the centre of York just before New Year  to protest the detention of children in immigration removal centres over Christmas and to call for an end to all detention of children by the UK immigration authorities. The government’s Border Agency imprisons between 1,000 and 2,000 children […]