Look out for us at BYM: we are planning:
A joint QARN session with QUNO: the session title is ‘Refugees: national and international developments and challenges’ – Hear about the work of Quaker United Nations Office and Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network on human rights, refugees and asylum seekers. How can Quakers encourage the development of policies based on justice and compassion?
2 x ‘journey’ sessions on destitution and indefinite detention
1 x evening ‘option’ session for Friends to share their experiences.
We will also be at the Groups Fair
More information to follow …
Working title: Detention, destitution and deportation – Peace, Truth and Equality
Gathering Quaker energy to speak truth to power
We are planning a conference for Quakers together with Woodbrooke.
Open Democracy – DAVID RAMSBOTHAM 21 March 2014
On Thursday the Crown Prosecution Service announced that three former G4S guards, Stuart Tribelnig, Terry Hughes and Colin Kaler, would stand trial for the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga on a BA plane in October 2010. Long before Mubenga’s death, Lord Ramsbotham was among those who warned repeatedly that Home Office contractors used dangerous methods of restraint.
When, in 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it had decided not to bring any charges against the three G4S detainee custody officers, under whose restraint Jimmy Mubenga, who was being returned to Angola, died in an airliner at Heathrow, I described the decision as ‘perverse’.
I did so because, at the time, I was chairing a National Independent Inquiry into Enforced Removals, during which we had been told that the restraint techniques used on Jimmy Mubenga, had also been used by G4S staff in Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, resulting in the death of 15 year old Gareth Myatt in 2004. Continue reading “Why the Jimmy Mubenga trial matters. By ex-Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham”