Tag Archives: immigration detention

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

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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!

INVITED SPEAKERS INCLUDE FORMER DETAINEES, OPEN MIKE Bring music, banners!

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 mfj@ueaa.net

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.

closecampsfield@riseup.net , oms@riseup.net

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Parliamentary debate on immigration detention

On 10 September there was a parliamentary debate on immigration detention. 25 MPs spoke in favour of the recommendations in the Detention Inquiry report from the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration.   Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, including Campsfield, was not at the debate but Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, was and spoke powerfully against indefinite detention.

The full debate can be read here http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm150910/debtext/150910-0001.htm#15091022000001

Andrew Smith’s speech is below: Continue reading

May Day Rally

Member of the Campaign, Liz Peretz, spoke at the May Day Rally in Oxford on 2 May.  In case you missed it, here is what she had to say:

As we celebrate international worker’s day, and think of trades unions and collective action we must also remember the 17306 men women and children who have died in their attempt to reach Europe whose names were laid out on a sheet 100 metres long in the entrance hall to the European parliament last week . We must confront the brutal immigration machine – state racism in action – which all european governments run in our name. Continue reading

Parliamentary Inquiry recommends shortest possible period of immigration detention, up to a 28-day limit

PRESS RELEASE –  TUESDAY 3 MARCH

The report of the first-ever Parliamentary Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the UK is published on Tuesday 3 March 2013.

The wide-ranging 76-page report is critical of the current regime and makes a number of proposals. Key among them are:

· There should be a time limit of 28 days on the length of time anyone can be held in immigration detention. Continue reading

Statement from Campaign to Close Campsfield in response to Home Office statement

In response to the Oxford academics’ letter, the Home Office gave the following statement: Continue reading