Early Day Motion 804: Migrants’ Deaths At Sea

parliament_logoThat this House expresses alarm at yet another tragic loss of life at sea when 300 migrants were feared drowned in the Mediterranean trying to escape through Libya; notes the wholly inappropriate tendency of many to blame the people-traffickers; acknowledges that thousands have died in the Mediterranean fleeing war, poverty and oppression from all over the middle east and north Africa; further acknowledges that current search and rescue operations are underfunded and wholly inadequate; requests that the Prime Minister raise this issue in all relevant forums including the imminent European Council; and further acknowledges the need for reinstating and fully funding such vessels as the Mare Nostrum, and the call on the EU by organisations such as the UNHCR, Save the Children and Amnesty International to expand Triton’s operations closer to the Libyan coast in order that they might do the right and honourable thing and save people from peril on the sea.
Sponsor: Corbyn, Jeremy  –  House of Commons: 12.02.2015

Hustings questions

qarn logo smSome Questions for Parliamentary Candidates on respecting the humanity of forced migrants

  1. Do you not agree that people seeking sanctuary in the UK should be treated with compassion, dignity and respect?
  2. Will you work for an immigration and asylum control system which treats forced migrants with dignity and respect?
  3. Will you work to end the detained fast track processing of applications for asylum and humanitarian protection? Will you seek to ensure that all applicants have access to good quality independent representation and the time and opportunity to prepare their cases? Continue reading “Hustings questions”

Over 300 people feared dead at sea

ECRE save livesEurope needs to step up search and rescue in the Mediterranean –http://www.ecre.org/

Some 300 people are now confirmed missing and believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean according to reports gathered by UNHCR following the rescue of some 100 people by the Italian Coast Guard on Monday.

Survivors said that four dinghies left from a beach near Tripoli on Saturday. Twenty-nine migrants died, most of them of hypothermia, after they were rescued from an inflatable dinghy carrying 106 people. Only two people were recovered from a dinghy which, according to survivors, had departed with 107 passengers and only seven people survived on another which had carried 109 people. A fourth boat with approximately 100 people is missing. Continue reading “Over 300 people feared dead at sea”

Further submissions update

RtRFurther Submissions in Liverpool update – legal challenge delays implementation

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On 15 January we reported that the UK Home Office had announced a change in procedures for lodging further submissions on asylum and human rights applications, after a refusal of an asylum claim. All further submissions were now to be made in person, in Liverpool, rather than at the applicant’s local Immigration office.

The new process, announced without notice or consultation, was scheduled to start on 26 January. However, the Home Office made a further announcement that this was to be delayed. Continue reading “Further submissions update”

NHS services – inaccessible asylum process – dispersal

Still human still here1. Access to urgent & immediately necessary care

The NHS’ guidance issued in 2013 is still valid and provides the framework for establishing when urgent and immediately necessary treatment must be provided to overseas visitors who do not have an entitlement to free care and cannot pay for it.

The information below is a summary of the key paragraphs from the guidance on the issue. The full report is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/254530/ovs_visitors_guidance_oct13a.pdf Continue reading “NHS services – inaccessible asylum process – dispersal”