Aderonke Apata is a Nigerian activist – an activist for LGBT rights, asylum rights, human rights. Aderonke is a lesbian, which means her life would be in danger if she were forced to return to Nigeria. For this reason, Aderonke claimed asylum in the UK, to be protected to live her life freely and openly with her partner and to carry on fighting for people’s rights.
Growing up in Nigeria, I was unable to disclose my sexuality, yet unable to hide it.
The culture in Nigeria makes it clear that being gay or transgender is a sin, a sentiment that is fueled by homophobic messages from faith communities, political leaders, families, and schools.
I took these messages in, identified with them, and carried the shame of being a lesbian woman in Nigeria. Continue reading “Asylum for Aderonke – judicial review solidarity action 3 March”
The Home Office has announced that the £5 carryover limit for users of the Azure card will be removed from Monday 23 February 2015. This is a welcome change that we have been pressing for some time and will allow asylum seekers to carry over unspent money from one week to the next if they become ill or if they are trying to save for particular items. Azure Card users should receive a mail-shot to inform them of the change shortly
Detention can be seen in many ways: through official statistics, legal judgments, monitoring reports, visits to detention centres, or through being detained yourself. This report brings together and reflects on many of these partial perspectives on detention, in order to understand the key problems of the detention system.
We believe that a picture emerges of the state of detention today. It is a picture of a system in crisis. This is a crisis of over-extension.
Detention has expanded too fast, with insufficient checks and scrutiny. Political priorities to detain and deport have overridden practical considerations of effectiveness, as well as basic concern for the people detained. In the words of the Chief Inspector of Prisons, following the death in handcuffs of an elderly man with dementia, “a sense of humanity has been lost.” Continue reading “The State of Detention”
Currently single people receive about 50%of the normal income support rate when they receive support from the NASS system. It is arguable that even asylum seekers on NASS support can be defined as destitute, because they cannot meet their basic needs on the amount of support they receive.
This is the first in a series of posts giving examples of questions that you may want to put to your MP, or at a Hustings. It will be updated as questions come in. The topic for this blog is detention:
People who have been detained for immigration purposes have no idea when they may be released, and some are detained for many months, and sometimes years.
Reuters: Greece’s new left-wing government pledged on Saturday to close down detention centers for illegal immigrants that have long been criticized by rights groups as inhumane.
A Pakistani man had died overnight at the Amygdaleza detention center in western Athens in a suspected suicide.
“Detention centers – we’re finished with them,” Deputy Interior Minister Yannis Panousis, who is in charge of public order and civil protection, told reporters on Saturday when he visited the center. Continue reading “Greece pledges to shut immigrant detention centers”