Archive for the ‘child detention’ Category

Boy locked up for months in adult immigration jail

Child detention goes on in the UK regardless of government claims to have ended it. By Tom Sanderson (reposted from OurKingdom) 12 June 2013   A boy was locked up for months at a UK immigration facility earlier this year, according to freshly released official data. The revelation dramatically exposes the falsity of government claims […]

Santa and helpers blockade UKBA family removal operations in Glasgow

This morning, Monday 10 December, Santa Claus, with the help of some of his elves, erected an 18 foot tall tripod outside the main entrance of the UKBA offices in Glasgow to prevent immigration officials carrying out controversial dawn raids on the families of asylum seekers. Santa refused to come down from the tripod, which […]

Support the Day of Action against Child Detention Charity Barnardos on November 8th

Please support the Day of Action against Barnardos on Thursday – a so-called ‘children’s charity’ that makes the disgusting and shocking mistreatment of families like the Salehs possible and whose so-called ‘red lines’ are just insults to the injuries dozens of families continue to experience as they are dawn raided, detained and forcibly deported to […]

ECDN addresses the Medsin Annual Conference at Warwick University

End Child Detention Now ran a well-attended workshop at the Medsin 2012 Conference at Warwick University on Saturday 20 October. Esme Madill from ECDN talked about the physical and mental harm experienced by children in immigration detention, and explained that although fewer children were being detained than under the previous government, the number of children […]

The UK Border Agency’s long, punitive campaign against children

Today OurKingdom publishes Clare Sambrook’s damning indictment of the UK Border Agency’s systematic failure to protect some of the most vulnerable children in Britain – children whose parents have survived imprisonment, torture and rape in the countries they have fled only to find themselves under lock and key for failing to persuade the Home Office […]

ECDN AT THE KESWICK FILM FESTIVAL 25th February 2012

Thanks to Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group for inviting us to work with them at the Keswick Film Festival. Filmmaker Rachel Siefert and ECDN’s Clare Sambrook presented a screening of Rachel’s chilling film, The Kids Britain Doesn’t Want (directed by David Modell and first shown as a C4 Dispatches November 2010). Prof Stephanie Donald (Leverhulme […]

Ending child detention – the most achievable human rights goal?

TOM SANDERSON, THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE ICHRP BLOG ON 28 NOVEMBER 2011 Human rights issues are notoriously controversial. Debates rage around numerous issues, not least the validity and universality of human rights themselves. However, the detention of children for immigration purposes stands out as one human rights issue for which there is a […]

Official lying in the UK: what child detention reveals about how we are governed

Anthony Barnett, This article originally appeared in openDemocracy on 21 November 2011 About the author Anthony Barnett is the founder of openDemocracy and the Co-Editor of its UK section, Our Kingdom. For almost two years OurKingdom has been exposing the gap between official rhetoric and practice in the UK government’s appalling treatment of the vulnerable children […]

STAR Conference In STOP! Child Detention plea

Delegates at the STAR (Student Action for Refugees) Conference which took place in London this weekend (19-20 November 2011) organised ‘a simple act’ of protest against the continuing detention of children in support of the End Child Detention Now Campaign (below). Student activists dressed as crossing patrol attendants in demanding that the government STOP! the […]

The Pinocchio Protocol

with thanks to Martin Rowson The auction raised £350 for End Child Detention Now’s fundraising appeal. Donations are still welcome by cheque made out to “Shpresa Programme” (please mark ECDN on the back of the cheque) and addressed to Shpresa, Mansfield House, 30 Avenons Road, Plaistow, E13 8HT. Pictured Dr Nick Lessof (left)  collecting ‘The […]