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Immigration Detention


Protest at Harmondsworth demands closure of all detention centres

14 April 2015
Over 200 demonstrators gathered outside Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre, near Heathrow airport last Saturday to demand the closure of all detention centres

Verne detention protester who spoke out put in segregation

07 April 2015
A detainee who took part in protests at the Verne immigration detention centre in Dorset last month is being held in segregation.

Detainees at Dungavel join calls for freedom as protesters gather outside

31 March 2015
Detainees in Dungavel Detention Centre in Lanarkshire took to its grounds last week to join a solidarity demonstration taking place outside.

Thousands join protests and stand up to racism

24 March 2015
A loud, angry and young march through London showed the mood to take on racism, says Ken Olende

Detention is a way to destroy people - detained migrants speak out

24 March 2015
As protests spread inside the brutal centres where refugees are locked up, current and former detainees tell Ken Olende the hell needs to end.

Thousands march in London against racism

21 March 2015
More than 10,000 people marched through central London against racism today, Saturday, while 2,500 more marched in Glasgow and 150 in Cardiff.

Families of Iraqis threatened with deportation by Britain speak out

17 March 2015
British authorities have rounded up around 30 Iraqis and locked them into detention centres in recent week. 

Refugees go on hunger strike—close the camps

10 March 2015
Over 100 refugees at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre near Heathrow airport have gone on hunger strike.

Detainees at Campsfield refugee prison near Oxford protest against beating

02 December 2014
Up to 100 detainees at the Campsfield immigration detention centre near Oxford protested last weekend against the beating of a fellow inmate.

Detention centre protest in Lincolnshire after inmate's death

09 September 2014
At least 30 detainees rose up at Morton Hall immigration detention centre in Lincolnshire last Saturday, after the death of an inmate. 

Anger over healthcare at Yarl’s Wood as detainee's death is marked

08 April 2014
A memorial service was held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre near Milton Keynes last Sunday for Christine Case. She died the previous week and is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Detention centres breed despair behind the bars

12 November 2013
As Yarl’s Wood is mired in an abuse scandal, Ken Olende looks at the scale of detention centres in Britain and what life is like for people locked inside them

Yarl's Wood abuse witness deportation halted

05 November 2013
A last minute decision halted an attempt to deport the main witness to alleged sexual abuse at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre. 

Detainee speaks out: How Britain deports vulnerable victims

15 November 2011
The British government is detaining hundreds of vulnerable people and threatening to deport them to places where they will be at risk of violence. Some of the most vulnerable have been trafficked. Now the Tories are set on making life even harder for them. Ken Olende spoke to some detainees about their experience at the hands of the British state

Jimmy Mubenga protest demands justice on anniversary of death during deportation

14 October 2011
About 50 people held a vigil outside the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Central London on the first anniversary of Jimmy Mubenga's death.

Detained without charge in Britain: ‘Will I be here another four years? Or ten?’

21 September 2010
Hundreds of people are detained without charge in Britain. Some have been held for more than four years. Those incarcerated are not "terror suspects". Most are foreign nationals who committed a crime in Britain—but cannot be deported because they’ve come from a war zone. Ken Olende spoke to Mohammed and Walumba, who are being held in London’s Colnbrook detention centre

Detainees' hunger strike at Yarl's Wood detention centre

15 May 2007
A hunger strike and protest by women detained at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire has highlighted ongoing problems at the centre and new ones with Serco, the company that has run it since April.

Reports round-up

10 May 2003
Legalise Cannabis | Enraged over Kirklees homes closures | Refugees in Yarl's Wood trial | Fight needed to save Corus steel jobs | Wigton campaigners shame Nazis

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