Migrants' Rights Network

London – How to End Immigration Detention (Medical Justice AGM)

6 pm Thursday 19th July 2018
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Center, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA
 
Speakers ;
Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary
Dr John Chisholm CBE, Chair – Medical Ethics Committee, British Medical Association
An ex-detainee
Followed by
* Discussion
* Food and drinks
 
Those working with detainees know that serious harm and abuse has long featured in immigration detention.  Now and again evidence of abuse attracts some attention – a judgment finding “inhuman and degrading treatment” of a detainee, the lawful killing of a deportee, an undercover film of detainees being abused. However, the public concern has proven limited and short-lived.
 
Most recently, the “Windrush” scandal seems to have precipitated somewhat wider outrage, highlighting how the system has “lost sight of individuals” and become “too concerned with policy”, raising awareness of the Home Office’s ability to be cruel and its actions at times to be deliberately harmful.
 
How can we make the recent modicum of public outrage lead to the end of detention ?
 
The speakers : Diane Abbott MP announced new Labour policies, including putting a time limit on immigration detention, barring private companies from running immigration removal centres, and closing some of them as it is “the right thing to do”. The British Medical Association finds that immigration detainees are “vilified and ignored in equal measure”, that a ‘fundamental rethink’ is needed and that immigration detention should be phased out. Detainees have been bravely speaking out for decades about the abuse they suffer.
 
The discussion : Many of the people most experienced on immigration detention in the UK will be attending, bringing together differing views on how to reform and to end detention.  All welcome to join the discussion, share ideas, influence, learn.
 
Please book a place by emailing [email protected]k
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