Guantanamo Bay, a tube ride away

In the final week of Unlocking Detention, we are now looking at where we will go from here. And we believe it is a perfect opportunity to publish this speech delivered last month by Jose, from the Freed Voices group to launch Amnesty’s #WriteForRights project. Jose says, ‘hope calls for action, just as action is impossible without hope’ and shares what gave him [...]

2018-10-22T15:14:34+00:00 December 18th, 2017|

Over 150 people demonstrate to mark 24 years since Campsfield ‘House’ opened

This blog was written by Bill MacKeith, joint organiser of the Campaign to Close Campsfield, for Unlocking Detention. Photos: Campaign to Close Campsfield On 25 November 1993, two white vans arrived at Campsfield main gates, 6 miles north of Oxford. They brought the first detainees to the new Campsfield detention centre from Harmondsworth near Heathrow. Since then some 30,000 people have been [...]

2018-10-23T14:12:05+00:00 December 6th, 2017|

Week 6: #Unlocked17 visits Campsfield House

The focus of this week's #Unlocked17 tour was Campsfield House, near Oxford airport. It has been an immigration detention centre for almost a quarter of a century - a 24th anniversary demonstration took place this week. Since it was converted from a young offender institution to a detention centre in November 1993, over 30,000 people have been detained here. Up to 282 [...]

2018-10-23T14:49:59+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

“Time After Time”: music from Campsfield House detention centre

In this blog, Ruth Nicholson describes a day of Music In Detention's songwriting workshops in Campsfield House. Ruth is a musician, and a volunteer both for Music In Detention (MID) and the Detention Forum. This blog was originally published by Music in Detention in March this year here where you can also listen to the music recorded in Campsfield. On a foggy, chilly morning [...]

2018-10-23T15:12:23+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Walls of resistance

This piece is written for Unlocking Detention by ‘Jose’ of the Freed Voices group (the author’s name has been altered to protect their identity). 'Jose' was detained in Campsfield detention centre.   Before I went to detention, I had posters of musicians on my wall. No revolutionaries, or civil rights leaders or anything like that. I think I maybe had a ‘Banksy in [...]

2018-10-23T15:27:18+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

Boundary Making and the Broad Ripples of Immigration Enforcement

About the Author: Melanie Griffiths is a former COMPAS DPhil student and is currently an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol. She is leading the 'Detention, Deportability and the Family: Migrant Men’s Negotiations of the Right to Respect for Family Life' project, examining the family lives [...]

2016-11-20T16:35:28+00:00 November 20th, 2016|

Week 6: #Unlocked16 visits Campsfield House

This week, Unlocking Detention shone a spotlight on Campsfield House detention centre in Kidlington, a village 7 miles from Oxford. Up to 282 men are locked up there.  Campsfield House was originally a young offender’s institution and became an immigration detention centre in 1993. The first piece published this week was a powerful [...]

2016-11-20T13:25:34+00:00 November 20th, 2016|

Live Q&A with Christopher and Jose, both detained in Campsfield

This week Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Campsfield detention centre, run by Mitie, the largest single private provider of detention services to the Home Office. (In a first for our regular live Q&As) on Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live Twitter Q&A with two friends currently detained in Campsfield - Christopher and Jose. You can recap the whole interview below: [...]

2016-11-18T17:58:12+00:00 November 18th, 2016|

Healthcare: a labyrinthine system. A Campsfield case study.

By Liz Peretz, Campaign to Close Campsfield Trigger warning: self-harm, suicide People held in immigration detention centres are among the most vulnerable people in our society. Many detainees have suffered torture or ill treatment, have significant and chronic health problems, or have been detained for prolonged periods of time without any prospect of removal. Furthermore, they are powerless and may fear [...]

2016-11-15T09:14:26+00:00 November 15th, 2016|

How detention split me and my brother in half

This year, the Unlocking Detention blog is particularly focusing on the impact of detention on an individual’s immediate social circle – their friends and family. This piece is written by "Mishka", of the Freed Voices group (the author’s name has been altered to protect their identity.) Trigger warning: suicide; torture.   I am a twin. We are identical - he has [...]

2016-11-13T23:25:08+00:00 November 13th, 2016|
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