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”
Channel 4 : “Left to die in British detention: who was Alois Dvorzac?”
“Until now we only knew a name: Alois Dvorzac. But who was the man behind the tragedy? … It went on to explain that despite being declared unfit for detention he ended up dying, in handcuffs, while still in detention two weeks later. … “. Read the article in full and see the news-clip
Channel 4 :”Vaz wants ‘full inquiry’ into detention centre death” – 18/03/14
It is shameful that 84-year-old Alois Dvorzac died in handcuffs at a UK detention centre, and there needs to be a full inquiry, says Keith Vaz MP, chair of the home affairs select committee. See the news clip
CPS : “Death of Jimmy Mubenga – Charging decisions following inquest” – 20/03/14
In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the decision now is that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig to be prosecuted for manslaughter. Read the article in full
INQUEST – “CPS to prosecute G4S guards for manslaughter following death of Jimmy Mubenga” – 20/03/14
Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said: “This decision reiterates the importance of legal aid for families to be represented at inquests. It is legal aid that ensured a robust examination of all the evidence, which has ultimately resulted in today’s welcome decision. The cuts to legal aid mean that cases like this in the future may well not receive this kind of scrutiny.” Read the article in full
We have two monitoring sheets, one for legal representatives and one for NGOs, to monitor and record details of people they are unable to help due to the changes to legal aid. They can be used for your own purposes and/or also ILPA will be delighted to receive any that you do complete or even part complete.
The forms can be found here.
31 January 2014
- Immigration Bill moves to the Lords
- Good news: challenge to residence test gets the go ahead
- New EU Regulation ‘Dublin III’ now applicable
- Bulgaria in crisis
- New Bill to tackle Trafficking and Slavery
- Plans afoot to charge migrants for healthcare
- New countries subject to TB screening
- Pending consultations
ILPA Briefings for Immigration Bill House of Lords’ Committee stage, 3 March 2014
Last updated 11 March 2014 : Notes on the Immigration Bill – please go to the ILPA website for up to date details