Tag: Detention Centres

Movement For Justice (MFJ): Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn

Following Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide victory as leader of the Labour Party, MFJ have sent him this open letter… Uniting the struggles against racism and austerity: Amnesty for all immigrants without secure legal status; End immigration detention; Abolish the anti-Muslim Prevent strategy; Stop mass deportation charter flights. You have now won the Labour leadership with increased…

Open Letter to the Australian Government

The following open letter was sent to Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. It was signed by 600 refugees who are currently indefinitely imprisoned in the detention centre pursuant to Australia’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’. 30/11/15 Hello Dear Mr Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton. As the refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Manus Island detention we wold like to…

Australians overseas are calling for international protests against mandatory detention of asylum seekers

For decades Australia has been the subject of international institutional condemnation that has focused on Australia’s policies of mandatory detention and off-shore processing of asylum seekers. In 2002 in the aftermath of Tampa, SIEV X, the spurious ‘children overboard’ allegations and beginning of the ‘Pacific Solution,’ the UN High Commission for Refugees articulated concern about…

A Walk in Yarl’s Wood

Yarl’s Wood is not a typ­ical English wood. Next to it is Yarl’s Wood de­ten­tion centre, a prison where people can be kept for years without trial. On a fine winter’s day, the first fine day after weeks of storms and rain, I went for a walk in the country. I found myself in a…

Guantanamo is still there … and the number of Guantanomos is multiplying.

When it comes to dis­reg­arding human rights and in­ter­na­tional legal ob­lig­a­tions, Guantanamo is easily matched by the 400 mi­grant de­ten­tion centres across Europe.One of the reasons why President Obama’s mandate has fallen many miles short of expectations is his clear lack of will — let’s dispense with euphemisms — to deliver his promise to close…

The Alien Body in Contemporary Netherlands: Incarceration and Force-feeding of Asylum Seekers

On 22 May 2013, the Dutch State Sec­ret­ary of Secur­ity and Justice and Min­is­ter for Migra­tion offered the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives a memor­andum issued by the Coun­cil of State con­cern­ing ‘the options to admin­is­ter food and drink to an alien in deten­tion who is on hun­ger and/​or thirst strike, against his will.’ This essay sets out to unpack the main premises of these recom­mend­a­tions in the frame­work of biopol­it­ics, its colo­nial her­it­age and con­tem­por­ary deploy­ment in the Neth­er­lands. Whilst under­stood in a his­tor­ical con­tinuum, this little doc­u­ment gains rel­ev­ance as it rep­res­ents a sig­ni­fic­ant step over the threshold of the human …

The Dark Shores of Europe

This was August 2008 at Koraka’s Cape beach in Lesvos. A local farmer told me that he saw a prosthetic leg on the beach. He said that the leg belonged to a boy, around 13 years old, who arrived on a rubber boat with his family. The coastguard were just behind the boat as it…

Communities Under Attack: Building Alliances Against Criminalisation

This recording documents an event that was hosted by Communities of Resistance (CoRe) on Wednesday 4 May 2011 in London, UK. It is a rich conversation between six representatives from six diverse activist organisations, all of which focus on resisting, challeng ing, and ending the criminalisation of the communities they represent. The event aimed to…

Exception, Precariousness, Power & Authority: irregular migrants in Australian law (Pt. 2)

<<< Part I State of exception, resurgent sovereignty? The Australian government has attempted to assert that the entire RSA process is an exercise of non-statutory executive power and as such, status assessors and independent reviewers are under no obligation to afford an applicant procedural fairness or to decide applications according to existing law. However late…