OAID at the Festival of Social Justice

In May 2021, OAID contributed to the Amnesty International UK Festival of Social Justice. (See here for the Festival programme.) Our contribution included: Readings of migrants’ testimonies by ice&fire (14 minutes): watch here. The work of OAID and the current situation with regard to immigration detention in the UK (7 minutes): “Home-less”, by ice&fire (11 minutes): watch …

Resistance to detention and quasi-detention: No To Hassockfield!

By Bill MacKeith The government’s further onslaught on refugees and other migrants, outlined in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May 2021 followed a farcical and insulting ‘consultation’ on a ‘New Plan for Immigration’ which closed only days earlier. The consultation provoked unprecedented rejection by migrant organisations, campaigns, NGOs and human rights bodies. There is a …

Challenging border landscapes: the human realities for women and families

With: Dr Melanie Griffiths, Joan Martin (mother of Osime Brown), Bell Riberio-Addy MP, Natalie Sedacca, Daniel Sohege and Maria Thomas (Duncan Lewis Public Law). Join us online from 7:30pm on Tuesday 2nd March. Click here to register. What does it mean to lose one’s status or have a family member threatened with deportation? The parallel …

Remember Jimmy Mubenga, 1964-2010

Tenth anniversary vigil 5pm, Monday 12 October 2020 Bonn Square, Oxford In a message read out at the vigil, Oxford City Council’s Migrant Champion, Cllr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini said: “There has been no justice for Jimmy Mubenga, killed by G4S guards whilst being forcibly deported. He uttered those words “I can’t breathe” repeatedly. The inquest found …

A Short History of Resistance to Immigration Detention and Deportations in the United Kingdom

  May 2020 Published by Oxford Against Immigration Detention In 2019, ‘enforced returns’ from the UK fell to 7,361, 22% lower than the previous year and the lowest number since records began in 2004. Over the same period, there were 11,421 ‘voluntary’ departures.  On 31 December 2019, there were 1,637 people in immigration detention, 8% …

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 …

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 …

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. 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 …

OAID Manifesto

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 …

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