At 12 noon Saturday 25th November there will be an anniversary demo at Campsfield main gates, Langford Lane OX5 1RE
SPEAKERS:Layla Moran MP (Oxford W), Anneliese Dodds MP (Oxford E), Freed Voices, Movement for Justice, Stansted 15
GUEST APPEARANCES: Robb Johnson**, Neo (homelessness campaigner and singer-songwriter)
Bike ride to Campsfield: meet 10.30 Martyrs’ Memorial, Oxford
2.30-4.30 Barbed Wire Britain meetup: briefings, plan future action, refreshments, food; Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB
November 1993, 2 white vans brought the first detainees to the new Campsfield detention prison from Harmondsworth near Heathrow. Since then over 30,000 people have been locked up here without time limit, without charge or proper legal representation in a place run for profit (currently by MITIE). And detainees and their supporters have insisted, month by month, year by year, that it be closed, along withFl all other detention centres.
Close Campsfield, end all immigration detention!
For freedom of movement and the right to stay !
Stop deportations !
Unite the families !
CCC 24 flyer
** Robb Johnson is also playing a gig on Friday 24 November, 7.30pm
St Aldates Tavern, email email@example.com to book
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
PRESS RELEASE 10 April 2015
At its meeting on Thursday 9 April, Kidlington parish council’s policy-making Policy and Finance Committee voted that the controversial nearby Campsfield immigration detention centre should close. It reiterated its opposition also to any expansion, and stated that ‘the provision of large scale immigration detention facilities does not accord with the UNHCR guidelines on the use of detention only as a last resort, but rather as a deterrent for those seeking refuge. We are concerned about the impact on many of the detainees of prolonged detention, and call on the centre to be closed’. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE 27 MARCH 2015
Within the space of a few weeks:
- 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)
- 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)
- The government withdrew its application to double the size of Campsfield immigration detention centre near Oxford from 256 to 566 places. (12 March)
- The Labour Party has said that in power it would end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and migrants. (26 March)
- The government has announced that it will close Haslar immigration detention centre near Portsmouth (26 March)
- 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)
CGMS consultants, acting for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, have now written to Cherwell District Council formally withdrawing the planning application to expand Campsfield.
Bill MacKeith, spokesperson for the Campaign to Close Campsfield said:
“This is a great victory. But the new government in May must implement the recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention: a 28-day time limit to detention and full judicial oversight of individual decisions to detain. This would be a further step forward and entail some closures of detention centres. Above all, this is a chance to point to the need for the end of the barbaric imprisonment every year of 30,000 innocent people under 1971 Immigration Act powers. Close Campsfield. Close all immigration detention centres.”
Carol Day at Leigh Day, solicitors acting for Stop Campsfield Expansion who wrote the 7-page letter to Cherwell Council that prompted the postponement of consideration of the application and then its withdrawal, said:
“This is the right decision and very good news. The approach being taken by Cherwell Borough Council was clearly wrong in law. The onus was on the Home Office to prove that very special circumstances to justify this inappropriate development in the Green Belt were established. The information before the Council completely failed to make the case.”
Campaign to Close Campsfield: Bill 01865 558145, Liz 07791 738 577, Tim 07721 771 835, Gill 01993 703994
Leigh Day: David Standard, Head of Media Relations 01949 850246 07540 332717 firstname.lastname@example.org