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Ben and his granUnlocking Detention is a virtual tour of the UK’s immigration detention estate. It is all about raising awareness of immigration detention, one of the gravest civil liberties issues in the UK today. Each week from 21 September and until 18 December (International Migrants Day), Unlocking Detention will shine a spotlight on a detention through photos, tweets, testimony, information and blog posts.
Every year we ask supporters to get involved and be a part of speaking out about this inherently unfair and inhumane system… and #Unlocked15 is no different!
You could get involved by writing something in a Tweet or blog post or by sending us a photo.

This year we’re asking people to send us their photo-answers to the question:

‘What would you miss if you were locked up, without trial, without time-limit?’

Or, alternatively, if you have been in detention, your photo-answer to the question:

‘What did you miss most when you were detained, locked up without trial, without time-limit?’

It doesn’t matter whether you’re an expert on detention or not, anyone and everyone can answer this question and we want to know your thoughts! Talk to people with direct experience of detention, try and imagine yourself in that position, think creatively – it’s up to you how you come up with your answer.

Once you’ve decided on the image that best represents it, all you have to do is…

  1. Open your twitter account and copy and paste the question into a new message. Not on Twitter? Sign up today – it’s easy!
  2. Put your answer in a hashtag – for eg., #MyFamily
  3. Add the #Unlocked15 hashtag so we know you’ve posted it (and maybe also the #Time4aTimeLimit hashtag if you’ve got room!)
  4. Upload your photo to the message. See here for help with adding images
  5. Send it out to the world!

Need some inspiration?

Here are three handy themes you can riff off:


family, friends, partners, children, local/religious community…
Think about the emotional connections severed through the geographical and social isolation of indefinite detention.
Ban and grandma


going out with friends, playing sports, live music, exploring nature, cooking, fishing, ballroom dancing…whatever you like doing!
Think about the very particular physical and social constrictions of indefinite detention – the restricted freedom of movement and the limited activities available to those incarcerated.
the sea


freedom, right to a fair trial, peace of mind, equality before the law, freedom of movement, justice…
Think about the values or beliefs you may hold dear, or may expect the UK government to uphold, which indefinite detention are a direct attack on. (Have a look at the UN Declaration of Human Rights for inspiration).