Archive for January 2011

Keep Your Promise Campaign Launches

At a Conference in Birmingham today (Saturday 22 January), delegates from the Baptist Union, Methodist and United Reformed Churches will be asked to send postcards to Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg urging the coalition government to keep its promise on ending child detention. The postcards were designed by the young […]

An end to child detention?: how a High Court judgement brings us closer

Simon Parker This article originally appeared in openDemocracy, 13 January 2011. In the High Court on Tuesday, Mr Justice Wyn Williams might have driven the last nail into the coffin of Britain’s infamous and long-running child immigration detention policy. The detaining of children for immigration purposes has been denounced as a ‘scandal’ and a ‘moral […]

Yarl’s Wood: Learning the lessons

This article is reproduced by kind permission of Public Interest Lawyers Reetha Suppiah and Sakinat Bello and their young families are typical of the hundreds of recent victims of our immigration detention system.  Over the course of their time in Britain, they have integrated into our society and formed significant ties to it.  After years […]

Man or mouse? Keith Vaz should demand urgent reform of the UK Border Agency

Clare Sambrook, this article first appeared in openDemocracy 11 January 2011. ‘Much of the delay in concluding asylum and other immigration cases stems from poor quality decision-making when the application is initially considered,’ says Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee whose latest report on the UK Border Agency’s work is published today. […]

Mind the Gap! Coalition claims and realities for child detention in the UK

Clare Sambrook (This article originally appeared in openDemocracy on 31 December 2010) When Nick Clegg announced two weeks ago, ‘Today marks a big culture shift within our immigration system,’ I was struck by a vivid image of horses struggling to push carts. A big culture shift is exactly what is needed at the Home Office, but there […]