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GOVERNMENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT CAMPSFIELD WILL CLOSE

Statement from Bill MacKeith, joint organiser:

‘”The announcement that Campsfield is to close is long overdue.

‘We think soberly of all the harm done, the lives damaged or destroyed, and those lost – 18-year-old Kurd Ramazan Kamluca in June 2005 and Moldovan Ianos Dragotan in August 2011 – at Campsfield over the past twenty-five years.

‘The name of our campaign is Campaign to Close Campsfield and End All Immigration Detention.

‘With Campsfield next May, four detention centres will have closed in four years. The number of people in detention is currently down some 20 per cent from the peak in 2015.

‘But the misery and injustice of immigration detention continues at Yarl’s Wood, Colnbrook and Harmondsworth, Brook and Tinsley, Morton Hall, and Dungavel. These too have to go. We shall work for that.’

At the end of this month, to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of Campsfield, we shall be organising a big demo at Campsfield on Saturday the 24th, but also a special event at 7pm on Thursday 22nd November in Oxford Town Hall, where people who have been involved inside and outside Campsfield in resisting detention will tell their stories and talk about where next.

Flyer for 22nd and 24th November.

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25 YEARS TOO LONG!

25th November 1993: First immigration detainees brought from Harmondsworth detention centre. Twelve demonstrators meet minibuses at Campsfield main gates and demand freedom for detainees. Ever since, people inside and outside the centre have demanded:
Close Campsfield and end all immigration detention

celebrate 25 years of resistance: Thursday 22 November 2018 7pm, Oxford Town Hall, speakers on experiences during 25 years of struggle, including people who have been detained and campaigners, exhibitions, stalls, art, music – memory, hope, action

demonstrate: Saturday 24 November 2018,  12 noon Campsfield main gates Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1RE
11 am bike ride Martyrs’ Memorial, St Giles, Oxford
Speakers: people who have been detained, local MPs Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon), Anneliese Dodds (Oxford East), open mic, Horns of Plenty

2.30-5pm Barbed Wire Britain gathering: Exeter Hall, Kidlington OX5 1AB, refreshments, experiences, Stansted 15 solidarity, future actions

Supported by Oxford City of Sanctuary, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Amnesty International Oxford University, AI Oxford City, Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity, Oxford and District Trades Union Council

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Campsfield 25 A4 Poster

22 Nov meeting Facebook event
Register for 22 Nov meeting here

24 Nov demo Facebook event

25 YEARS TOO LONG! Anniversary demo 24th November

There will be an anniversary demo on Saturday 24th November 2018, marking 25 years since the first detainees arrived at Campsfield.

Where: Campsfield main gates, Langford Lane OX5 1RE
When: 12 noon – 2pm at Campsfield
Followed by Barbed Wire Britain get-together meeting at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB2.30 – 4.30pm.  All welcome.

Full details of all to follow soon.

 

Anniversary Demonstration – 24 YEARS TOO LONG!

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 pete.cann@hotmail.co.uk to book

23rd anniversary demo at Campsfield, Saturday 26th November 2016

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At the main gates of Campsfield Detention Centre north of Oxford today, 120 demonstrators called for the closure of all immigrant detention centres. There were groups and speakers from the Campaign to Close Campsfield, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Movement For Justice, Hackney Migrant Centre, Warwick University Amnesty, Oxford University Amnesty, Oxford City of Sanctuary, Coventry Trades Union Council, and Oxford Trades Union Council. Cyclists arrived on a ‘Close Campsfield’ bike ride from central Oxford. A strongly supportive message from East Oxford MP Andrew Smith was read out.

Demonstrators called out ‘Stop detention, stop deportation, close Campsfield down’. Men detained in the detention centre called back ‘Freedom’ and ’Thank you’. Detainees spoke to the demonstrators by phone, calling a number displayed on a large sheet, and their words amplified to the crowd by the p/a system. Drummers from the Confluence Collective provided a beat.

 The event was organised by the Campaign to Close Campsfield to mark 23 years since the centre opened. It was followed by a ‘Barbed Wire Britain gathering at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, where campaigners heard news from the Calais migrant camp that was recently destroyed by the French government, and discussed plans for further actions.

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

PRESS RELEASE 27 MARCH 2015

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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