Monthly Archives: December 2015

Taking on the hostile environment

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Anna Lindley.  Anna is a senior lecturer at SOAS, University of London, and volunteers with Asylum Welcome and Close Campsfield. The government continues working to ensure a hostile environment for ‘unwanted’ immigration. Meanwhile, efforts by the UK public to show solidarity with people on the hard end of government measures are becoming [...]

2015-12-14T13:20:13+00:00 December 14th, 2015|

Unlocking Detention 'visits' Dungavel

Last week, Unlocking Detention visited Dungavel, Scotland's only detention centre and the final stop of the #Unlocked15 tour. Also last week, Human Rights Day was held, a stark reminder of the rights being denied to those detained - over 30,000 people every year, deprived of their liberty, indefintely. Dungavel was an appropriate centre to end our tour on - one of [...]

2015-12-14T09:55:01+00:00 December 14th, 2015|

Some reflections on the closure of Haslar Immigration Removal Centre

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Charles Leddy-Owen. Charles is a Trustee of Friends Without Borders and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. Haslar Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) held between 150 and 190 male detainees at any one time from 1989 until the spring of 2015. The centre was situated in the town of Gosport, [...]

2015-12-14T08:01:52+00:00 December 14th, 2015|

Is there to be a “silver lining”? Detention reform and the Immigration Bill

This article was written for Unlocking Detention by Jon Featonby.  Jon is parliamentary manager at the Refugee Council and parliamentary lead for the Detention Forum.  This article was originally published by our #Unlocked15 partners, Justice Gap. On 1 December, I, along with over 150 other people, made my way to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate Sanctuary in Parliament II. Organised [...]

2015-12-08T13:31:48+00:00 December 8th, 2015|

Diary of a Dungavel Detention

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Alison Phipps.  Alison is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, and Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet). Friday May 8th 2009 11am: The colleague opposite me was talking about performance indicators for postgraduate study in the arts and humanities and how we would ensure [...]

2015-12-06T11:55:48+00:00 December 6th, 2015|

Where do we draw the line on migration and crime?

This blog was written as a reflection on a collaborative research project recently undertaken by Scottish Detainee Visitors (SDV) with people released on bail and temporary admission from immigration detention in Scotland. This blog was written for Unlocking Detention by SDV volunteer and Masters of Research student Bridget Holtom, and the film ‘Detention Without Walls’ was co-produced by the Life After [...]

2015-12-06T11:53:45+00:00 December 6th, 2015|

Unlocking Detention 'visits' Colnbrook

The latest stop on the #Unlocked15 tour was Colnbrook detention centre, near Heathrow airport.  The virtual visit fell during a very busy week in the fight to end indefinite detention, with both Sanctuary in Parliament (organised by City of Sanctuary) and the report stage of the Immigration Bill in the House of Commons. Immigration detention was a key issue at both [...]

2015-12-06T11:28:49+00:00 December 6th, 2015|

Taking detention drama straight to the heart of Parliament

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by John Tomlinson of Strawberry Blond Curls Theatre Company, (@SBC_Theatre) who performed their play 'Tanja' at this week's Sanctuary in Parliament event. We, Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre Company, are John Tomlinson (that’s me) and Rosie MacPherson. We’ve been working together for about five years now. I’m a producer and Rosie is a brilliant [...]

2015-12-03T16:18:20+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|

Visiting, unlocked – Danae on Colnbrook

This blog post is an #Unlocked15 interview with Danae Psilla, Advocacy Co-Ordinator at Detention Action. Can you remember the first time you visited Colnbrook? What were your hopes/fears/assumptions? I first visited Colnbrook 5 years ago, when I was volunteering at one of Detention Action's workshops. What struck me most back then, was the number of high security doors we came across; [...]

2015-12-02T17:03:52+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|

What would the rabbis of Tzelem miss if they were detained without a time-limit?

Human rights organisation and Detention Forum members René Cassin have been working with the rabbis of the Tzelem group, a Rabbinical call for social and economic justice. For Unlocking Detention 2015, they asked some of the rabbis what THEY would miss if they were locked up, without time-limit, in immigration detention.

2015-12-01T12:04:03+00:00 December 1st, 2015|
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