Harmondsworth week…

26 Oct to 1 Nov - the Unlocking Detention team looks back on the week they visited Harmondsworth detention centre, right beside Heathrow Airport. Our Harmondworth week started with ominous news, which only confirmed the UK government's commitment to [...]

2022-10-06T08:56:48+00:00November 4th, 2014|

A Letter to Harmondsworth

This letter was written by Shariff who was detained in Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre. Dear Harmondsworth IRC, I know you are very busy at the moment but I have a few questions about the three months you held [...]

2022-10-06T09:15:00+00:00October 28th, 2014|

Interrupting the implacable: Fighting the Detained Fast Track

This piece by Jerome Phelps first appeared in openDemocracy on 27 October 2014.  Jerome is the Director of Detention Action. The UK Court of Appeal will hear an appeal this week over the lawfulness of automatically detaining asylum [...]

2022-10-06T09:17:42+00:00October 27th, 2014|

Handfast: A poem for Isa Muazu

Handfast For Isa Muazu by E. E. Jones Think of his starved hand Reaching for England As they stretchered him Towards the exit: his small wrist Helpless in the terminal Darkness, and his thin fingers, Through which Justice [...]

2022-10-06T09:18:59+00:00October 27th, 2014|

Hamid on alternatives to detention

Image courtesy of Freed Voices This post is written by Hamid, who has experienced immigration detention.  His testimony was provided for Detention Action's forthcoming annual report. In the three and a half years I was in detention, I was [...]

2022-10-06T09:29:28+00:00October 19th, 2014|

“As the weeks pass their demeanour changes”

Refugee Action are members of the Detention Forum and used to provide advice about assisted return to people in detention, before the Home Office withdrew the contract.  These are some of the experiences of one of their caseworkers. [...]

2022-10-06T09:40:45+00:00September 23rd, 2014|

Visiting someone in detention

Many years ago I used to visit a man in Harmondsworth. He was from North Africa. He made it to the airport in the UK, on his way to another country to seek safety. Because he was using [...]

2022-10-06T09:50:20+00:00September 8th, 2014|
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