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So far Eiri Ohtani has created 8 blog entries.

On International Migrants Day – reasserting the humanity and dignity of people in immigration detention

Image by@Carcazan After weeks of our virtual ‘tour’ of detention centres which began in October, Unlocking Detention ends today, on International Migrants Day. People who are in immigration detention generally do not feature on International Migrants Day – the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ policy of locking people up is a powerful tool for erasure. And that is precisely the [...]

2019-04-16T11:05:48+01:00 December 18th, 2018|

“It is only an accident of fate that I was born in the UK.” Interview with Baroness Hamwee about her detention reform work

Image by @Carcazan K.A., an expert-by-experience, interviewed Baroness Hamwee, a long-term advocate for detention reform in the House of Lords. She was recently named as a Detention Forum Champions, recognising her tireless work on challenging immigration detention. ================================================================  Hello Sally, My name is K.A. I spent 5 months in immigration detention between September 2017 and February2018. The effect it has had [...]

2019-04-16T10:24:26+01:00 December 17th, 2018|

For many autumns to come

Image by @Carcazan This blog was written by Mishka, a member of Freed Voices, a group of experts-by-experience committed to speaking out about the realities of immigration detention in the UK. And Mishka would like to introduce the blog himself… This would be my final piece for Unlocking Detention 2018. It has been my absolute delight to be a part of this [...]

2019-04-16T10:54:29+01:00 December 10th, 2018|

“There was a chance justice would be done”

Image by @Carcazan In this #Unlocked18 blog, Mishka at Freed Voices (@FreedVoices) interviews Tamsin Alger, Deputy Director at Detention Action about her experience of the Detained Fast Track (DFT) strategic litigation and campaign. The DFT litigation was one of the key highlights of the 2015 Unlocking Detention timeline. ======================================================================================== XX December 2018, Hello Tamsin, I am Mishka from the expert by experience [...]

2019-04-16T12:41:38+01:00 December 4th, 2018|

Looking back at #Unlocked15: “the involvement of experts-by-experience has always been one of the most meaningful parts of the project”

Unlocking Detention has been the result of so many different people's efforts. In this #Unlocked18 blog, Mishka and Red at Freed Voices (@FreedVoices) interview Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain, about her experience of co-running Unlocking Detention in 2015. While reading the blog, have a look at our timeline which shows the history of Unlocking Detention. ======================================================================================= XX November 2018, [...]

2019-04-16T13:22:52+01:00 November 20th, 2018|

Welcome and hospitality as a force of resistance and change: Sanctuary in Parliament 2018

Sanctuary in Parliament is an annual event which brings local City of Sanctuary groups from around the country to Parliament to meet their MPs to demand change. This year, it is aiming to generate an even bigger call for a 28-day time limit on immigration detention - and we'd like you to take action! Eiri Ohtani, Detention Forum's Project Director, explains [...]

2019-04-18T09:06:34+01:00 November 6th, 2018|

“Your voice can make a difference”: Expert-by-Experience interviews a former minister about the parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention

Image by @Carcazan Unlocking Detention started in 2014. That year, Sarah Teather MP, who was then the Chair of the APPG on Refugees started the parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention, together with APPG on Migration. In this blog, K.A., a member of Freed Voices who was recently detained and released, interviews Sarah about her experience of running the inquiry. Sarah also asked [...]

2019-04-18T10:14:01+01:00 November 5th, 2018|

Welcome to #Unlocked18!

Welcome! #Unlocked18 is Unlocking Detention’s fifth ‘tour’ of the UK’s immigration detention estate, shining a spotlight on the hidden world of immigration detention. Maybe you are a repeat visitor, maybe this is the first time you’ve heard about Unlocking Detention. Unlocking Detention’s ‘virtual tour’ uses Twitter, Facebook and blogs to ‘unlock’ the gates of immigration detention centres. Each week, we will [...]

2019-04-22T10:52:08+01:00 October 22nd, 2018|