Shut Down Morton Hall protest, Saturday 26 October 2019, 12noon to 3pm

Morton Hall Immigration Detention Centre, Morton Hall Village, Swinderby, Lincoln LN6 9PT

Join South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG), Sheffield Student Action for Refugees (STAR), These Walls Must Fall and many others to protest against the cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees at Morton Hall detention centre in Lincolnshire.

Morton Hall is a prison contracted to the Home Office as an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and can detain 392 people, many of them our friends. There have been several deaths in recent years inside its walls, with nearly half the detainees feeling suicidal or depressed according to a 2017 Prison Inspectors report. We know that people detained at Morton Hall welcome our protests.

There’s transport from Sheffield leaving at 10am, returning around 5pm to Sheffield. Free tickets for people seeking asylum. See attached flyer for booking details.

Shared transport from Oxford may be organised if sufficient interest. Please leave your name and email via our Contact page.

Hounslow Council – time to stand against the expansion of Heathrow Airport

End Heathrow Immigration Detention (EHID) campaign has warned that anyone against the expansion of Heathrow Airport, against the development of a new immigration detention centre at the airport, against the loss of local green space, needs to respond as soon as possible to the Hounslow Local Plan Consultation (deadline: midnight on 24th September).

End Heathrow Immigration Detention (EHID) have responded to the consultation. They encourage you to respond too – together our voices are stronger, and the responses we submit will be worth more. EHID have put together a briefing document to try to simplify the process and offer some suggestions for what might be relevant to a range of submissions based on the type of objections that can be raised in a local plan consultation, from the work already done.

The deadline is fast approaching, and so we ask that you consider sharing this amongst your groups and networks, asking people to take 15 minutes for this important contribution, to submit their responses to the plans (respond to the consultation here).

Some key areas which you might find relevant are listed below, and more detail on how to respond can be found attached to this email.

While the Amazon is burning and ice caps are melting at an unprecedented rate, Heathrow Airport Limited’s plans to continue with a business as usual approach to airport expansion is ludicrous and dangerous. Of course, this is the underpinning factor to opposing any expansion of Heathrow; however, there are a number of other objections which are also very important.  

End Heathrow Immigration Detention have submitted responses based on the proposed change in use of land in the local Hounslow area, which is currently a well-used and much-loved green space, in a place which already suffers damaging air pollution from the airport. The green space provides much needed air quality improvement, and under the proposed plans, this space will be tarmacked and removed from protected green belt land status.

Members of the local community know only too well the devastating blight that the threat of expansion has caused for decades in the local area, and we oppose the expansion because of this too.

EHID are also objecting on the grounds in the proposal to construct an enormous new Immigration Removal Centre in the Hounslow area. The plans will enmesh Heathrow Airport Ltd within the UK government’s brutal and inhumane Hostile Environment policies as they will require existing detention centres Colnbrook and Harmondsworth to be relocated at a huge new centre at Faggs Lane in Hounslow.

These are just a few key reasons that Heathrow’s expansion plans must not proceed, and we must use every trick in the book to make sure they don’t!

Please, spread the word about how we can contribute via the official channels, and help other people to have their voices heard in the local plan by sharing the information below with your communities of friends, families, colleagues and groups.

Remember, the deadline is midnight on 24th September so don’t delay! Why not take a moment with a cup of tea to do it right away? 

Together we can win this.

In solidarity,

End Heathrow Immigration Detention

4 down, 7 to go!

Haslar, Dover, The Verne and Campsfield House detention centres have closed but asylum seekers and other migrants are still detained at Yarl’s Wood, Colnbrook, Harmondsworth, Morton Hall, Brook, Tinsley and Dungavel.

4 down 7 to go!
4 down 7 to go!

The last detainees left Campsfield House in mid-December 2018. Campsfield is closed. So too is the Close Campsfield Campaign, but Oxford people are still campaigning to close down all immigration detention centres.

While immigration detention continues to exist, we will continue to campaign against the injustice of administrative detention.

Follow us on Twitter

Check out our new Oxford Against Immigration Detention (OAID) Twitter feed @OAIDCampaign

Come to our meetings

  • Oxford Town Hall
  • 1st Tuesday of each even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, December)
  • 7.30-9.30pm

Get involved in our stalls and events

The ‘detention estate’ may be shrinking but there is still a lot to do, and tens of thousands of people are still locked up every year indefinitely ‘for administrative’ reasons’ – in our name and with our money.

Join us and campaign to close down all immigrant detention centres!

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OAID Manifesto

4 down:
Haslar
Dover
The Verne
Campsfield
 7 to go:
Yarlswood
Colnbrook
Harmondsworth
Morton Hall
Brook
Tinsley
Dugavel
4 down 7 to go!

The indefinite imprisonment of  migrants for ‘administrative reasons’ is wrong. Yet this happens routinely in the UK. Here, as elsewhere, there are raids every week on people’s homes and their places of work to bring them in prison vans to detention centres (called ‘Immigration Removal Centres’ by the Home Office), prior to marching them onto deportation flights to countries the Home Office deem to be their place of origin.

Oxford Against Immigration Detention (OAID) finds this practice cruel, inhumane, not lawful. It flies in the face of human rights, and creates quite unnecessary mental anguish, hardship and suffering.

Many of the people ‘detained’ in these ‘IRC’s have already had their share of suffering in the countries they fled: persecution, climate disaster, wars.

Further, in more than 50% of cases, the Home Office is found to have wrongly imprisoned migrants.

OAID is pleased that the Home Office have reduced the number of places where it locks people up in this way. Campsfield House, near Kidlington, is the latest Centre to be permanently closed.

OAID will continue to campaign until all immigration detention centres are closed, and no migrant is detained for ‘administrative reasons’.

OAID will do this by exposing the actions of the Home Office by leaflets, publications, holding stalls and events, carrying out research and writing reports. OAID has exposed the practice of Bail Hearings for detainees through a series of publications and ongoing research which can be found on the bailobs.org website.

OAID will support other campaigns against detention of immigrants, including End Heathrow Immigration Detention, and will work with groups such as Amnesty and City of Sanctuary that share the same or similar aims.

OAID will continue to make the links between the ‘hostile environment’, the UK’s punitive immigration system, the place of immigration detention in this system,  climate change, wars, the arms trade, economic plunder by the richer nations of the world and the huge global companies,  and political persecution

OAID will strive to make migrants themselves central actors in the campaigning.

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