Campsfield: unprecedented developments – Protesters step up call for an end to immigration detention

PRESS RELEASE 27 MARCH 2015

Within the space of a few weeks:

  1. An all-party parliamentary inquiry published a report on The Use of Immigration Detention and recommended a 28 day time limit to detention, proper judicial oversight of individual decisions to detain people, less use of detention, and more use of non-punitive community based alternatives to detention (3 March[1])
  2. The biggest-ever wave of protest by immigration detainees in the UK began and spread to 8 of 11 detention centres in the UK (9 March[2])
  3. The government withdrew its application to double the size of Campsfield immigration detention centre near Oxford from 256 to 566 places. (12 March)
  4. The Labour Party has said that in power it would end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and migrants. (26 March[3])
  5. The government has announced that it will close Haslar immigration detention centre near Portsmouth (26 March[4])
  6. The government has announced that it intends not to detain more asylum seekers and migrants in future, the first time any government has made such a commitment. (26 March[5])

Campaign spokesperson Bill MacKeith said: ‘Now is a great time to press political parties to implement the recommendations of the parliamentary report on immigration detention. There is widespread recognition that putting right a system that is broken requires less not more people to be detained. Don’t forget, none of the people detained under the 1971 Immigration Act are there serving a sentence following a conviction, none have been charged, there is no time limit or proper judicial oversight. The time for change is NOW.’

Campaigners will mount their monthly last-Saturday demonstration at Campsfield tomorrow at noon.

Contacts: Bill 01865 558145, Liz 07791 738 577, Gill 01993 703994

[1] https://detentioninquiry.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/immigration-detention-inquiry-report.pdf

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smdgzdTyfdM

[3] http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/25/labour-vows-to-ban-indefinite-detention-of-asylum-and-immigration-applicants

[4] http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/business/local-business/concern-for-jobs-as-gosport-immigration-centre-to-turn-into-prison-1-6655160

[5] http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/lords/todays-lords-debates/read/unknown/326/

 

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