Archive for March, 2010

Bristol No Borders Update: 29/03/10

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on Monday, 29 March, 2010 by bristolnoborders

First of all, a belated shout out to the UWE students who self-organised a benefit gig for Calais, and who made a trip there to distribute the blankets, shoes and other stuff they collected. It seems the French Authorities gave you a hard time…We hope that doesn’t put you off. The situation in Calais can be followed here.

Following the hunger strike at Yarls Wood, we now hear that three Doctors who worked for  Serco (who run the immigration prison) have been reported to the GMC. This is after “complaints over numerous alleged cases of substandard patient care”. Clearly, this represents a conflict of interests, as even a Tory MP was forced admit: “If there is an issue over fitness to travel and the decision is made by a contracted company inside Yarl’s Wood, what chance is there of having confidence that it has not been influenced by the contract given to the contractors to get people out of the country?” This comes in addition to the Chief Inspectors of Prisons report which concluded that: “children were held at the Bedfordshire centre unnecessarily, with little consideration for their welfare”.

Phil Woolas, the weasly Immigration Minister responded that locking the entire family up (rather than splitting them up) was an humanitarian gesture. However, since the Prison Inspectors report  also found that “force  was being used to split or keep families apart before deportation”, including pregnant women and children, this rather undermines Phil’s claim that  the UK detention estate is a an example of  Human Rights ‘good practice’. An analysis of the kind of debate we can expect on immigration in the run up to the election can be found here

Another dangerous prisoner leaves Yarls Wood

Meanwhile, London No Borders disrupted, and gave an alternative, and cogent presentation at Capita’s Conference “Policing the Borders” in London. Watch the excellent film here. Earlier in the week, it was reported on UK Indymedia that one of Sodexho’s outlets had been targeted.

A full call out has now been issued for the Brussels No Borders Camp 27th of September till 3rd of October 2010.

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No Borders Round-Up 6/03/10 UK, EU, China

Posted in Uncategorized on Sunday, 7 March, 2010 by bristolnoborders

UKBAstards

A High Court judge Justice Collins ruled that the 72-hour notice period before being removed from the UK for adults should also be applied to children. The ruling came in a judicial review surrounding the UK Border Agency’s treatment of two unaccompanied asylum seeker children, aged 15 and 16. The case highlighted just how heartless the UK asylum system is.

One of the girls was put on a flight to Italy without notice and was unable to contact a lawyer or social worker. On arrival in Italy she was kept in cell for several hours before being left destitute. The other girl was taken from her foster carer’s home in handcuffs but was stopped from being put on a plane to Italy at the eleventh hour after she managed to contact her solicitor. They are really scum.

BAE Systems – Are EU Taking the Piss?

Meanwhile,  in a unusual foray into  satire,  the EU have awarded  UK arms manfacturer, BAE systems who recently agreed a Transatlantic government pay-off to end bribery and corruption investigations, a €2.3 million contract to develop a “Strategic crime and immigration information management system” (SCIIMS) for the European Union. I guess they know all about Strategic Crimes, and cause migration through there weapons programmes.
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Migrants in China
There are 230 million Chinese migrant workers. They have less rights than those who are native their city of residence. They are denied a range of social services from unemployment and health insurance to free schooling. Unpaid wages are another common injustice against the migrant worker in China, as it is across the world. One such worker, Ye Kaiguo, who was unable to obtain his unpaid wages detonated an explosive outside the county government building on Feb. 16 in northwestern China’s Shaanxi Province.

Mr. Ye had been appealing to the county government to pay his withheld salary of 2800 RMB (US$411). Local residents say that one of the four pillars in front of the government building was torn away, some windows and doors of the building were broken, and the explosion caused varying degrees of damage to adjacent structures.

In many cases, officials from local regimes are backing employers who deny wages to migrant workers. On Feb. 1, over 40 migrant workers appealed for unpaid wages at the provincial government offices in the capital city of Shaanxi Province. They were intercepted by police. Workers claim that the Communist Party Chief of the local Beilin District owns the construction company that refused to pay their wages.

No Borders Round-Up 01/03/10

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, 1 March, 2010 by bristolnoborders

Culture of Disbelief and Denial

Lawyers are due to launch a legal challenge today on behalf of four women held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre, claiming their incarceration amounts to “cruel, inhumane and degrading” treatment that breaches their Both Serco (who runs Yarl’s Wood) and The Home Office have issued statements denying that a) any mistreatment took place and b) denying that the women were/ still are on hunger strike.

Meanwhile, The Former Case Officer The UKBA Cardiff Office (The regional Headquarters which includes Bristol) spoke at the Malcolm X centre on Bristol on Tuesday to an audience of over 200 people. Her revelations (if you’ve missed can be read in here Guardian article here but they told us what we already knew or guessed: That most people judging whether people should be granted asylum are Daily Mail reading racists who would “Like to take them (Asylum Seekers) out the back and shoot them”.

Off the back of the revelations, Refugee Voice called for a demo outside the offices in Cardiff. The photo below shows that it was well attended. The only question is whether Lou Perrit was the first person to bring maltreatment by UKBA, or was she just the first (white) person that anyone believed ? Anyway, our comrades from South Wales No Borders, are no doubt pleased that people have finally caught on to why they have picketed the office for several years.