Category Archives: Protests

More than 150 people attend 22nd anniversary Campsfield demo

A few photos from the demo yesterday with Freed Voices, Movement for Justice, Oxford City of Sanctuary, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Oxford City Amnesty, Oxford University Amnesty, Warwick Amnesty   Thanks to all for being there.


Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, couldn’t be there but sent the following message of support:

Close Campsfield message November 28th 2015

I am very pleased to send a message of support to all of you who have come today to mark 22 years of Campsfield House. I am sorry that a personal commitment means I am unable to be there in person but I stand with you in your protest today.

Thank you all for bringing attention to Campsfield, and especially for standing up for those who are detained in these centres, giving voice to the thousands of people who are locked up without charge and without time-limit. I am very proud that so many of my constituents volunteer to visit people detained in Campsfield House, bringing them support and friendship and, importantly, listen to them and hear their stories.

The government argument runs that detention is an essential part of immigration control, ensuring people who are not meant to be here leave the country. But why then are 47% of those who are detained later go on to be released? Why then do we pay millions of pounds per year in unlawful detention claims? Why then does Germany receive four times as many asylum claims but detains seven times fewer people?

Not long ago I spoke in Parliament in support of the excellent Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention report. In this speech I said:

‘There have been far too many scandals about the conditions in detention centres. There have been enough calls for reform from campaigners, experts and former detainees. Every death in detention, such as those of Ianos Dragutan and Ramazan Kumluca in Campsfield, is one too many. There have been enough Government reviews. This time let us end this cruel and shameful practice by bringing an end to indefinite detention and looking at international best practice and community-based alternatives.’

I hope that we can take hope in the cross-bench support for the inquiry recommendations, in the ending of the Detained Fast Track, the closure of Dover and in the strength of the voices calling for reform and we can together close Campsfield and bring about a more just and humane future where those who seek sanctuary in the UK are not put behind barbed wire.

Best wishes,


A report from the Barbed Wire Britain meeting following the demo will follow…

Close Campsfield NOW! 28 November demo

On our doorsteps! 22 years too long!
End the inhumane practice of immigration detention!

On 29 November 1993 the first minibus full of people arrived at Campsfield House. Since then over 30,000 people from other countries have been imprisoned there. Many have survived torture and conflict, and are seeking sanctuary in the UK. Many have lived and worked for years in the UK, and have family and friends and a life here. All are HUMAN BEINGS. People are imprisoned in Campsfield and other immigration detention centres WITHOUT CHARGE, for administrative reasons. Many cannot be deported and are subsequently released. But there is NO TIME LIMIT on their EXPENSIVE detention. If you are FED UP with the government’s ‘hostile environment’ and divisive rhetoric, and want to stand up for and reach out to those imprisoned unjustly, JOIN US! There has been PROGRESS in the fight against immigration detention in 2015 – a Parliamentary Inquiry with tough recommendations, legal challenges to the ‘Detained Fast Track’ system, and protests inside and outside detention centres across the UK. LET’S KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!


WHERE? Demonstration at the main gates, Campsfield House Immigration Detention Centre, Langford Lane, Kidlington OX5 1RE.

WHEN? 12 noon, Saturday 28 November.

GETTING THERE Bus: S4 to Oxford Airport, 11.15 am from stop C4 Magdalen Street, Oxford.  Bike: meet 11am Martyrs’ Memorial, St Giles, Oxford.  London coach: contact

Followed by Conference of BARBED WIRE BRITAIN Network to End Migrant Detention, for info exchange & planning future action, 2-5pm, Exeter Hall, Oxford Rd, Kidlington, OX5 1AB. Refreshments free. ,




Coach from Oxford to Yarl’s Wood demo on Saturday 7 Nov

UPDATE:  A few photos from the amazing Movement for Justice demo at Yarl’s Wood.


A coach has been organised by Movement for Justice, tickets available at

Demo facebook event at




2nd Refugees Welcome in Oxford demo

This Saturday (12 Sept), there will be a second gathering in Oxford to show solidarity with the refugees trying to reach Europe and protest against the UK government’s inadequate response.
Meet at 12:00 at Bonn Square where the march last Sunday ended.

See the Facebook event

Calais: Let them in!  Campsfield: Let them out!

Calais: Let them in! Campsfield: Let them out!


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


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])

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Demo at Campsfield – Wednesday 3rd December 12.30pm

Demo with Movement for Justice and Oxford Migrant Solidarity at Campsfield main gates (Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 1RE).
LONDON MEET UP: 8.30am Marble Arch Tube station, see for more details.

In solidarity with the detainees and their demands.

Protests in Campsfield IRC after detainee is beaten up by Mitie security guards

Press Release
For Immediate Release: 30/11/2014

A detainee with mental health issues is in a critical condition after being beaten up by Mitie security guards at Campsfield IRC in Oxfordshire. Between 60 and 100 detainees have occupied the courtyard to protest against the violence and the inhuman living conditions they suffer during detention. Continue reading