IRR News (29 January – 12 February 2020)

13 February 2020 — Institute of Race Relations

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

On Tuesday, a charter-deportation flight to Jamaica carried passengers who had lived in the UK since early childhood – against a recommendation of the unpublished (but leaked) ‘Windrush: Lessons Learned’ review. Protesters against the deportation flight shut down Whitehall and over 170 MPs wrote asking the minister to reconsider the failure to publish the review or to follow its recommendations, indicating the government’s unconcern for both past and present victims of the Windrush scandal. Boris Johnson poured scorn on protestors as ‘the Westminster bubble’ and indicated his intention to re-examine the process of judicial review.

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Sign the Petition! Stop all charter flight deportations to Jamaica and other Commonwealth countries

6 February 2020 — Change.org

Given the  Windrush scandal : the apology by the Government, promises of justice and compensation to people of the Windrush generation and others who came to the UK from Commonwealth countries threatened with deportation, there should be no mass deportations of anybody  to those countries.

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New EU deportation law breaches fundamental rights standards and should be rejected

11 September 2019 — Statewatch

A proposed new EU law governing standards and procedures for deportations would breach fundamental rights standards, massively expand the use of detention, limit appeal rights and undermine ‘voluntary’ return initiatives. It should be rejected by the European Parliament and the Council, argues a new analysis published today by Statewatch. [1]

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UK: “Stansted 15” anti-deportation protesters found guilty of terrorism charges By Margot Miller

17 December 2018 — WSWS

Fifteen UK anti-deportation activists, accused of terrorism offences for preventing the departure of an immigration removal charter flight from London Stansted Airport, have been found guilty.

Following a nine-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, the jury found the “Stansted 15” in contravention of the rarely used 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, by endangering safety at an airport. The defendants, who are preparing to appeal the verdict, face potential life prison sentences and await sentencing in February.

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What the Stansted 15 Tells Us About Law and Order in Britain

23 November 2018 — True Publica

What the Stansted 15 Tells Us About Law and Order in Britain
By TruePublica: Back in September, three environmental activists were the first people in Britain since 1932 to receive jail sentences for non-violent anti-fracking protest in the UK. An appeal was lodged and public outrage caused a new judge to declare that the original ruling was ‘excessive”. This excessive use of the law is being used again in another case, which has more serious consequences.
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IRR News (6 – 19 July 2018)

20 July 2018 — Institute of Race Relations

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

The lethal consequences of ‘hostile environment’ policies continue to be revealed in our regular calendar of racism and resistance. On 20 June, as Harmit Athwal reports, 23-year-old Mustafa Dawood was found dead after falling from a building in Newport, Wales, as immigration officers carried out a raid at a car wash.

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IRR News (20 April – 3 May 2018)

3 May 2018 — IRR

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

The last couple of weeks have been dominated by the ‘revelations’ – familiar to many of our readers – of the inhuman consequences of the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policies. Some of those affected – the mostly Caribbean Commonwealth citizens who came to the UK as children in the 1950s and ‘60s to join their parents, who were often British when they arrived but unknowingly lost citizenship when their countries became independent – have lost jobs and suffered homelessness, ill health and massive stress. In the case of Dexter Bristol, it killed him. 

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