23 YEARS TOO LONG! DEMO 26 NOVEMBER

DEMONSTRATE 12 noon SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER
TO CLOSE CAMPSFIELD
AND END ALL IMMIGRATION DETENTION

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Report from visit to Dunkirk camp

Local Oxfordshire campaigner, Evelyne Godfrey, visited the migrant camp at Dunkirk and sent this letter to the Oxford Mail.

There are perhaps a thousand migrants in a camp in Dunkirk at Grande Synthe, at Exit 54a off the A16, about 10 minutes from the ferry port. They are accommodated in plywood ‘sheds’ with corrugated plastic roofs. The Dunkirk camp was originally set up by Médecins Sans Frontières‎. At the moment, Utopia 56 is the main voluntary group for the camp, but they are planning to move out to help at other migrant camps in Calais and Paris by the end of September 2016. Continue reading

Oxford City Refugee Week: Immigration Detention on Trial

Immigration Detention Event 22 June

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

Speakers:

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

NATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH DETAINED PEOPLE AND PROTEST AGAINST DETENTION CENTRES – SATURDAY 7 MAY

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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.

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Raising awareness about migrant solidarity and Campsfield

WP_20160124_12_38_16_Pro[1]Members of the Campaign to Close Campsfield joined Oxford Migrant Solidarity last weekend to hold a stall outside Lush, on Cornmarket, Oxford.
We had lots of conversations about finally closing Campsfield, after 22 years too long!  And hope some people who stopped will be able to join us at one of the monthly demonstrations at Campsfield (last Saturday of each month) to show solidarity with those locked up inside.

Lush stall 2

 

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,

Andrew

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