freed voices

Five guys

Reflections on indefinite detention are often framed in the singular, as personal and introspective testimonies. In this special piece for Unlocking Detention, however, Mishka from Freed Voices, sketches five guys that shaped his experience of Harmondsworth detention centre and continue to dominate his thoughts today, post-release. SKELETON I first saw this guy in healthcare in May. He was on hunger strike. I think [...]

2017-11-27T01:00:03+00:00 November 27th, 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 [...]

2017-11-20T01:00:58+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

"When you see injustice – speak out!": These Walls Must Fall in Manchester

Without people taking action, change won't happen.  Luke Butterly of Right to Remain reports back on a recent campaign event of These Walls Must Fall which took place in Manchester.  This blog was originally published on Right to Remain's website here.   On 2 Nov 2017, human rights campaigners, union members, migrant rights groups, political representatives and other members of the [...]

2017-11-13T10:20:31+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

"We need it now. People are dying." Freed Voices lobbying for #Time4aTimeLimit

The theme of this year’s Unlocking Detention is ‘action’ so who better to hear from than the Freed Voices group. Earlier this week, Mishka from Freed Voices joined campaigners Fred Ashmore and Timothy Gee from the Quakers to lobby the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable. We sat down with Mishka to ask him a few questions about the experience. [...]

2017-10-18T19:53:23+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

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 [...]

2016-12-06T23:44:58+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

Colnbrook, by post

This year, the theme of Unlocking Detention is ‘friends and families’ – we’re specifically focusing on the often unreported, or buried, ‘ripple effect’ of indefinite detention and the way this experience can have tragic consequences beyond the individual detained. In this special photo-essay for #Unlocked16, Jon* from the Freed Voices group shares letters he received whilst he was detained at Colnbrook detention centre [...]

2016-11-27T22:48:30+00:00 November 27th, 2016|

Julio y amigos: The impact of detention on the Latin American community in the UK

This year, the theme of Unlocking Detention is ‘friends and families’ and we're focusing on the often unreported 'ripple effect' of indefinite detention and the way this experience can have tragic consequences beyond the individual detained. In this special Spanish recording for #Unlocked16, Julio from the Freed Voices group speaks to four close friends about the impact his detention had on them. In [...]

2016-11-20T23:44:43+00:00 November 20th, 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|

Detention and Friendship: Knowing you inside (and) out

This year, the theme of Unlocking Detention is 'friends and families' and in this (very) special #Unlocked16 recording, Kasonga from Freed Voices interviews his old friend, Harsha, about the impact his detention had on him. In doing so, they offer a rare insight into the (all too often unreported) 'ripple affect' of indefinite detention and the way this traumatic experience can [...]

2016-10-31T15:03:08+00:00 October 31st, 2016|
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