If only everyone could be welcomed as warmly as Paddington…

Jawad Anjum and Steve Rolfe are activists with Global Justice Glasgow, a group of committed people who campaign to tackle the root causes of global poverty and injustice as part of Global Justice Now, a democratic movement in the UK which campaigns in solidarity with people in the global South. They write for Unlocking Detention about a lively campaign that is [...]

2019-04-22T13:13:18+01:00 December 12th, 2017|

Visiting Dungavel for another year…

Images courtesy of Scottish Detainee Visitors This week, #Unlocked17 is visiting Dungavel, Scotland's only detention centre. In this blog, Kate Alexander, Director of Scottish Detainee Visitors (SDV), reflects on another year of visiting Dungavel, and takes us on the journey that visitors make twice a week. Visitors also prepare a report after every visit, which Kate reviews. Here, she highlights the patterns [...]

2019-05-28T11:29:00+01:00 December 11th, 2017|

Week 9: #Unlocked16 visits Dungavel

This was the final week that Unlocking Detention 2016 visited a specific detention centre, ahead of the round-up final week next week.  And the final visit went to Dungavel, Scotland's only detention centre, and the subject of lots of news and campaign activity recently. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/806777841262018560 https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/805703510801010688 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/807878845416280066 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/805693948073123840 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/807558232466145284 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/805769445486444544 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/807550681150328832 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/806831194184761344 https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/805716092643479552 https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/805709552117252096 https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/805708543961792512 https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/806864662859956224 https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/806862146566881280 https://twitter.com/EiriOhtani/status/806825844660465666 As part of [...]

2019-04-23T09:38:08+01:00 December 11th, 2016|

Live Q&A with Gil, detained in Dungavel

This week Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Dungavel detention centre, the only detention in Scotland and a site of much contention after the government announced plans earlier this year to close it and open a Short-Term Holding Facility in Glasgow - you can read Scottish Detainee Visitors' analysis of the situation as it stands, here. On Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention [...]

2019-04-23T09:41:14+01:00 December 9th, 2016|

The closure of Dungavel? The fight must continue

By Pinar Aksu.  Pinar works with Migrant Voice as a Community Development worker in Glasgow and with Active Inquiry using Theatre of the Oppressed methods and is also a member of Right to Remain's management committee.  She has been involved with asylum and refugee rights since a young age. I’m experiencing mixed feelings. As much as I am very happy that [...]

2019-04-23T09:49:31+01:00 December 6th, 2016|

Unlocking the future of detention in Scotland

Image courtesy of Scottish Detainee Visitors By Kate Alexander, director of Scottish Detainee Visitors. It’s been a funny few months. Just a month before the beginning of this year’s Unlocking Detention tour of detention in the UK, the Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill, announced that Dungavel, the only detention centre in Scotland would close ‘towards the end of 2017’. You might think [...]

2019-05-28T11:12:41+01:00 December 5th, 2016|

I’ll never forget . . .

Scottish Detainee Visitors asked their volunteer visitors to write a few sentences about a memorable experience they had while volunteering with them - visiting people detained in Dungavel detention centre.  They asked them to start with the phrase ‘I’ll never forget….’Here’s what they said. I'll never forget a conversation I had with a young Afghani man. He was telling me that [...]

2019-04-23T09:59:28+01:00 December 4th, 2016|

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 [...]

2019-05-07T09:07:13+01:00 December 14th, 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 [...]

2019-05-07T10:04:39+01:00 December 6th, 2015|

Where do we draw the line on migration and crime?

Image courtesy of Scottish Detainee Visitors and the Life After Detention group. 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 [...]

2019-05-28T10:51:45+01:00 December 6th, 2015|
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