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; [...]

2019-05-07T10:20:52+01:00 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.

2019-05-07T12:57:09+01:00 December 1st, 2015|

“The endless uncertainty of detention…it’s like tick tock…tick tock….tick tock”

Image by @Carcazan Read about this recent event co-organised by Detention Forum members René Cassin.  The event was held as part of Mitzvah Day, a day of faith-based social action.  Although rooted in the UK's Jewish community, it is a day that encourages and celebrates interfaith social action. On November 22, as a part of Mitzvah Day, Northwood and Pinner Liberal [...]

2019-05-28T10:52:20+01:00 December 1st, 2015|

Unlocking Detention ‘visits’ Tinsley House

Last week, Unlocking Detention visited Tinsley House, possibly one of the least well-known detention centres. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/669464561573998592 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/670167707975725057 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/669973657825861632 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/670185303580082177 We heard powerful stories of the men that Nic Eadie, director of Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group, has met over eight years of visiting and supporting people detained in Tinsley.  Many of them speak with strong London accents, or Glasgow accents, or Manchester [...]

2019-05-07T13:06:42+01:00 November 30th, 2015|

“I’ve got a few questions for you”: A letter to Colnbrook

Image courtesy of Michael Collins This blog post was written by John for Unlocking Detention, in the form of a letter to Colnbrook, the detention centre where he was held for three and a half months.  John is a member of Freed Voices, a collective of experts-by-experience who have lost over 30 years between them to immigration detention in the UK. They are [...]

2019-05-28T10:54:06+01:00 November 30th, 2015|

“They want us to imprison and deport ourselves”

This post was written for Unlocking Detention by Stuart Crosthwaite, Secretary of the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG),  with thanks to the refugees and asylum seekers quoted here (some names changed) and to John Grayson whose 'academic activism' contributed to this article.  This post was published as our partner Justice Gap's #Unlocked15 article of the week. The first [...]

2019-05-07T13:15:29+01:00 November 30th, 2015|

All eyes on amendment 32: Time to stop the same trends repeating

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Eiri Ohtani, coordinator of the Detention Forum. A sense of deja vu The latest statistics on the government’s use of immigration detention released yesterday show a worrying 11% increase in the number of people entering the detention estate in the UK. For the year ending September 2015, a total of 32,741 people [...]

2019-05-07T13:18:10+01:00 November 27th, 2015|

Time to listen to the experts: It’s time for a time-limit

Image by @Carcazan This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Lisa Matthews, coordinator of Right to Remain.  Right to Remain are a coordinating group of the Detention Forum, leading on communications and campaigns, and run Unlocking Detention on behalf of the Detention Forum. As we draw into the final weeks of this year's Unlocking Detention project, I've been thinking [...]

2019-05-28T10:53:02+01:00 November 27th, 2015|

The damage of indefinite detention

This blog post was written by Colleen Molloy, City of Sanctuary National Development Officer.  The image used at the start of this blog post was produced for City of Sanctuary by Patti McKenna, a community artist in Swansea. When City of Sanctuary launched 10 years ago in Sheffield, our aim was to build a movement connecting local people with those seeking [...]

2019-05-07T13:25:37+01:00 November 23rd, 2015|

#Unlocked15 ‘visits’ Yarl’s Wood

Last week, Unlocking Detention paid a virtual visit to perhaps the UK's best known detention centre, Yarl's Wood - known for all the wrong reasons.   Yarl's Wood is one of the detention centres where women can be detained, and has become notorious as the site of widespread allegations of abuse.  It has also become the site of widespread protest, with huge [...]

2019-05-16T14:57:48+01:00 November 23rd, 2015|
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