New immigration prison to open at Gatwick this spring

The new immigration detention centre at Gatwick airport will not be opened until the spring, Corporate Watch has learned. The official opening had been scheduled for February this year but has been delayed for undisclosed reasons. The purpose-built high-security prison, named Brook House, is based on the 'successful' design of Colnbrook detention centre at Heathrow airport. The new detention centre will be run by Global Solution Ltd (GSL), which is now owned by G4S, and will hold up to 426 male and female detainees.

Demonstration at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, 21st March 2009

London NoBorders, Campaign Against Immigration Controls, SOAS Detainee Support Group, No-one is Illegal, Campaign To Stop Arbitrary Detention at Yarl’s Wood, Campaign to Close Campsfield, Legal Action for Women, All African Women's Group, Communites of Resistance and Barbed Wire Britain Network to End Detention call: For An End to Immigration Detention - Saturday 21st March 2009

( Benefit Night: Friday 6th March 2009, 9 till late @ Ramparts Social Centre, Rampart Street, Whitechapel, £5 donation. )

Yarls Wood demo - planning meeting 15/01/09

London NoBorders and SOAS Detainee Support Group call for an end to Immigration Detention - Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Bedfordshire, Saturday 21st March 2009. Please join us in our call to end the detention of asylum seekers andimmigrants, for freedom of movement and the right to stay!

Planning meeting:Thursday 15th January 2009 7.30pm @Unite, Transport House, 128 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, WC1X 8TN

Radical History: Resistance in the UK's Detention Centres

Asylum-seekers and migrants who have been locked up indefinitely by the British state are carrying out one of the most sustained fight-backs in the UK in recent years. Three major detention centres have been destroyed, forcing the government to release hundreds of detainees. Hunger-strikes, occupations, naked protests, dirty protests and successful break-outs involving tens and hundreds of detainees have become a regular feature of immigration detention.

Hungerstrike in Campsfield

Some 50 refugees held at Campsfield immigration prison, near Oxford, are on hunger strike since August 9th in protest at their continued detention. The hunger strike was started by 13 Iraqi-Kurdish detainees, who demanded that forcible deportations to Northern Iraq are stopped. This is the second such protest at Campsfield this year and one of many throughout the UK detention estate.( Update August 20th: The Hungerstrike has ended.)

Radical History Discussion: Resistance in the UK's Detention Centres in the Last Decade

7 pm, Tuesday 24 June 2008
Venue: T&G, Transport House, 128 Theobald's Road, London WC1X 8TN

Asylum-seekers and migrants who have been locked up indefinitely by the British state are carrying out one of the most sustained fight-backs in the UK in recent years. Three major detention centres have been destroyed, forcing the government to release hundreds of detainees. Hunger-strikes, occupations, naked protests, dirty protests and successful break-outs involving tens and hundreds of detainees have become a regular feature of immigration detention.

Protest and Repression in Harmondsworth

At 9am on Tuesday April 1st about 300 detainees went into the exercise yard in Kalyx-run Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow, protesting against their administrative detention and poor conditions in the centre. They also wrote and signed a petition and sent it to the European Court of Human Rights.

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