Lynn Degele, delegate from the Oxford branch of the National Union of Journalists, proposed a motion at the NUJ national Delegate Meeting in Southport last weekend demanding the right of access for journalists to immigration detention centres such as Campsfield, near Oxford.
The resolution was carried unanimously by over 120 delegates, and the union’s National Executive Council is now charged with seeking changes to the law and regulations to secure its demands.
The Campaign to Close Campsfield is holding its monthly demonstration at Campsfield main gates this Saturday at noon. Bill MacKeith, joint organiser of the campaign said:
Last September’s BBC Panorama exposure of abuse by G4S guards in Brook House detention centre near Gatwick was only possible because of the bravery of one detention centre guard and hidden camera techniques. Continue reading
International Women’s Day vigil
5pm Thursday 8 March 2018, Carfax, Oxford
in support of the demands of women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood migrant prison Bedfordshire
and the 24-hour solidarity Freedom Fast
On 21 February, more than 120 people detained in Yarl’s Wood engaged in a three-day hunger strike protesting the lack of a time limit for how long people can be detained and the inhumane conditions of the centre itself. On 26 February, they escalated to an all-out strike, releasing a statement saying “we will cease to participate in detention, we will not eat, use their facilities or work for them.” Continue reading
Refugee Week in Oxford 2017
‘Campsfield House: An Immigration Removal Centre’
and ‘Working Illegally’
7.30 Tuesday 20 June
Town Hall, Council Chamber, St Aldates, Oxford
Two films from Stand Off Films about immigration detention in the UK, specifically about Campsfield detention centre near Oxford, and the use of ‘slave labour’ by private companies running immigration detention centres, a practice under legal attack in the United States at the present time.
Followed by discussion, points for action
Free entry – stalls
Organised by Campaign to Close Campsfield
DEMONSTRATE 12 noon SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER
TO CLOSE CAMPSFIELD
AND END ALL IMMIGRATION DETENTION
As part of Refugee Week, the Campaign to Close Campsfield is holding a public meeting at Oxford Town Hall on 22 June at 19:00–21:00
Alison Harvey, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Speaker with experience of detention, Movement for Justice
Gill Baden, Bail Observation Project
Eiri Ohtani, Detention Forum
The injustices of immigration detention are increasingly in the spotlight. Continue reading
As part of the national day of solidarity with detained people and against detention centres on Saturday 7 May, when campaign groups will demonstrate at detention centres around England and Scotland, there will be an extra demo at Campsfield main gates from 12 noon to 2pm.
How to get there.
See the facebook event