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Hunger strike at Campsfield enters 5th day.
Solidarity protest friday

147 detainees have are staging a protest by refusing meals at Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre. The protest erupted as a result of the treatment of detainees in detention centres especially for people who have been detained for a long period of time. We continue to refuse meals indefinitely for our voices to be heard. http://bit.ly/aKNcql

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Children and families: alternatives to detention pilot details leaked

A leaked Manchester Council document reveals a Coalition Government pilot scheme for alternatives to detaining families. Sadly, it is not the humane alternative we have wished for. The idea is to deport more families quicker. Two weeks notice that they will be picked up and removed at any time.

The Refugee Council said it would be extremely concerned if families were given only two weeks to leave the country when they may have been in Britain for many months or even years.

But the UKBA document, leaked to Socialist Worker and also reported at the Guardian, suggests that boosting the removal rate, rather than humanitarian considerations, is the priority for ministers.

The briefing paper also shows that the border agency is worried that ending the use of detention could give families facing deportation more chance to launch community protest campaigns backed by the media and MPs. It says more police may need to be involved in deportations because “significant public order problems” could follow removals.

http://bit.ly/aHjc5L

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The detention of children should be banned immediately
The Scottish Refugee Council says the coalition government should make good on its commitment to end the practice and not wait for the results of a Home Office review. http://bit.ly/9nvF5s

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Oakington immigration detention centre to close on 12 November 2010
Oakington, with 400 imprisoned migrants, will close on 12 Nov this year, Immigration Minister Damian Green said.
BBC http://bit.ly/aXzVVm

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Detained Lives roadshow,
Glasgow, Tuesday 10 August.
End indefinite detention

6.45pm, Tuesday 10th August
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

London Detainee Support Group are joined in a panel discussion of how we can work together, locally and nationally, to end indefinite detention.

Catrin Evans – Scottish Detainee Visitors
Jerome Phelps – London Detainee Support Group
Michael Collins – NCADC
James Watson – UNITY
Allison Phipps – Glasgow Refugee and Migrant Network

There will also be a testimony from a former detainee, plus a screening of the award winning short film ‘1000 Voices’.
http://bit.ly/aFnRuo

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LEGAL

Legal aid clients left in limbo after payment changes
Hundreds of lawyers no longer advise vulnerable clients as changes in legal aid payments have forced many to abandon the work.
Face the Facts, BBC Radio 4
Listen to BBC Radio 4, at 9pm on Sunday, 8 August,
or listen online now with the BBC iplayer: http://bit.ly/cDRYH9

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Fatal consequences of legal aid changes
Guardian Letters
The death of Osman Rasul in Nottingham last week should not be viewed as a single tragedy but the result of an immigration system that systematically fails to protect human dignity.
http://bit.ly/dilSKB

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Settlement after 5 years ILR: Refugee Council advice
Following on from the guidance published by UKBA last week, the Refugee Council has published guidance leaflets for applicants: http://bit.ly/doW0Ey and advisers: http://bit.ly/dCS2KZ on applying for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The guidance is specifically for those who were granted refugee status or humanitarian protection after August 2005 which only granted limited leave to remain for five years. The leaflets explain the process in a range of languages and provide a full briefing for advisers.

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