Parliamentary meeting on immigration detention on 16 November – is your MP attending?

This year's Unlocking Detention's theme is taking action, and the Detention Forum is supporting APPG on Refugees' parliamentary meeting on immigration detention on 16 November. Do you think your MP is coming? It probably depends on whether you will be urging them to do so or not. Will you be contacting your MP? Will you be taking this action? Mishka, of [...]

2018-10-30T15:44:11+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

Why political pressure needs to be ramped up now

The Detention Forum which runs Unlocking Detention is a network of many groups who have been working together to challenge UK’s immigration detention policy and practice.  Jon Featonby, one of its Coordination Group members, explains why now is the time for everyone to start taking action against detention.  There can be no better time for #Unlocked17 to have started. The next [...]

2018-10-30T16:16:05+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

Marking the Home Office’s homework on immigration detention – urgent improvement needed

By Jon Featonby, parliamentary manager at the Refugee Council and parliamentary lead for the Detention Forum. As Advent began last year, I was in the Houses of Parliament as part of Sanctuary in Parliament II. On that same day, MPs were debating what is now the Immigration Act 2016. In particular, they were debating an amendment that was aimed at introducing [...]

2016-12-02T13:51:24+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|

Is there to be a “silver lining”? Detention reform and the Immigration Bill

This article was written for Unlocking Detention by Jon Featonby.  Jon is parliamentary manager at the Refugee Council and parliamentary lead for the Detention Forum.  This article was originally published by our #Unlocked15 partners, Justice Gap. On 1 December, I, along with over 150 other people, made my way to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate Sanctuary in Parliament II. Organised [...]

2015-12-08T13:31:48+00:00 December 8th, 2015|

Unlocking Detention 'visits' Colnbrook

The latest stop on the #Unlocked15 tour was Colnbrook detention centre, near Heathrow airport.  The virtual visit fell during a very busy week in the fight to end indefinite detention, with both Sanctuary in Parliament (organised by City of Sanctuary) and the report stage of the Immigration Bill in the House of Commons. Immigration detention was a key issue at both [...]

2015-12-06T11:28:49+00:00 December 6th, 2015|

Taking detention drama straight to the heart of Parliament

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by John Tomlinson of Strawberry Blond Curls Theatre Company, (@SBC_Theatre) who performed their play 'Tanja' at this week's Sanctuary in Parliament event. We, Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre Company, are John Tomlinson (that’s me) and Rosie MacPherson. We’ve been working together for about five years now. I’m a producer and Rosie is a brilliant [...]

2015-12-03T16:18:20+00:00 December 3rd, 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 [...]

2015-11-27T16:36:19+00:00 November 27th, 2015|

The Immigration Bill: An injection of compassion is sorely needed

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Jon Featonby, Parliamentary Manager at Refugee Council and Parliamentary Lead for the Detention Forum. It was first published on the Justice Gap, who are our #Unlocked15 partners. Image: Big Ben, Flickr under creative comms licence, Natesh Ramasamy Thursday, September 17 and another Immigration Bill was published. The ink had barely dried on [...]

2015-10-15T11:03:19+00:00 October 15th, 2015|

Experiencing Democracy Up-Close and Personal – #UnlocktheDebate

[Image: Seddiq, Sonja, Maddy and Paul Blomfield MP] Sonja Miley who works at Waging Peace - a human rights organisation which campaigns against genocide and systematic human rights violations in Sudan, and an active member of the Detention Forum - writes about her experience of watching the parliamentary debate on immigration detention live from the gallery on 10th September 2015. Experiencing Democracy Up-Close and [...]

2015-10-07T09:00:26+00:00 October 7th, 2015|