Iraqi refugees on hunger strike to protest planned deportations to Baghdad

Press release from the Coalition to Stop Deportations to Iraq and the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees, 7/6/11.

24 Iraqi refugees held in a detention centre in Oxford have started a hunger strike to protest against the government’s plans to deport them to Baghdad. More than 70 people are currently being held in detention centres around the country. Officials from the Iraqi government are currently visiting them to confirm their identities so that they can be deported, as part of an agreement between the two governments.

The majority of the detainees have refused to meet with the officials in protest at their role in the deportations.

Demo at Barnardo's Head Office 06/06/11

On June 6th 2011, activists visited Barnardo's HQ in Barkingside Essex to protest against their involvement with the UK Border Agency. Campaigners gave out leaflets informing Barnardo's staff of the work that Barnardo's will be doing at the soon-to-be-opened "pre-departure accommodation facility" near Gatwick and urging them to express their concerns about this to Barnardo's management.

Calais demo, 28/05/11

On Saturday 28th May there will be a demo in Calais at 2.30pm from the food distribution point to the town hall.

The basic demands are:

* Denounce the government's repressive policies against undocumented migrants and Roma
* Freedom of movement and the regularisation of undocumented migrants.

For several years there has been no demonstration in Calais on the subject and in this form. The demo follows a nationwide appeal launched by a collective of political groups and associations (Besides, we're from here) and the establishment of a north-coast collective in Calais by the group "the pot for ideas."

Celebrating Sanctuary Festival, 19/06/11

London NoBorders has a stall at this year's Celebrating Sanctuary festival at Bernie Spain Gardens (next to Oxo Tower), South Bank, from 2pm-7pm on Sunday 19th June 2011. The festival is part of Refugee Week and includes stalls, food and live music. Please come and say hello!

PRESS RELEASE: Iranian refugees suspend hunger strike after 37 days - "the fight goes on"

For immediate release 10/05/11

- Iranian asylum seekers end 37-day hunger strike against their deportation pending outcome of their fresh claims for asylum

- Tomorrow at noon, they will cut the stitches from their sewn-up mouths
in front of the Amnesty International offices in Clerkenwell

- The men have vowed to resume the hunger strike if moves are made to deport them

For further information contact Jane Richmond on 07928 102 817
or email

G4S AGM/Justice for Jimmy Mubenga

The Justice for Jimmy Mubenga campaign invites people to demonstrate outside G4S' AGM on Thursday 19th May, from 1pm-2.30pm, at Ironmonger Hall, Barbican, London. We will demand that G4S be held accountable for Jimmy Mubenga's death on 12 October 2010 following 'restraint' by G4S officers while being forcibly removed from the UK. Members of Justice for Jimmy Mubenga will also be asking questions to senior management within the AGM.

Dale Farm infonight, 18/05/11

Ratstar & Dale Farm Solidarity Network present


Wednesday 18th May, 7.30pm at Ratstar, 298 Camberwell Road, Camberwell Green, SE5 0DL