Archive for the ‘media coverage’ Category

ECDN media campaign update

A busy fortnight for End Child Detention Now began with a post by Simon Parker on 16 November in OpenDemocracy – On Her Majesty’s Deceitful Service: The Woolas Case and the Ignoble Lies of the British State. This was followed by a letter in reply to MP Tom Brake’s defence of the Lib Dem’s role […]

ECDN Coordinator Clare Sambrook shortlisted for Bevins Prize

The Bevins Prize was founded in memory of Tony Bevins, the first political editor of The Independent, who died in 2001 after a short illness, to recognise outstanding achievement in investigative reporting. For the first time in the history of the prize, a non-newspaper nominee, End Child Detention Now’s Clare Sambrook has made the shortlist […]

Child detention is ‘state sponsored cruelty’- report finds

Today the charity Medical Justice launches the most comprehensive report on the harm done to children held in immigration detention.  The 84 page ‘State Sponsored Cruelty‘ report is based on the findings of 141 cases involving children detained between 2004 and April 2010. “We welcome the report from Medical Justice as it highlights again the […]

Hillier – detention prevents sale of trafficked kids to failed asylum seekers

Responding to Michael Morpurgo’s film on the detention of children at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Home Office Minister Meg Hillier gave an astonishing interview in which she stated in response to a question from presenter Jo Coburn: Let’s be clear, nobody wants to see children detained. Certainly I don’t. But we do have an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.