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flight to Jamaica carried passengers who had lived in the UK since early childhood – against a recommendation of the unpublished (but leaked) ‘Windrush: Lessons Learned’ review.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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Home Office-funded counter-extremism group promoting anti-Corbyn messages

10 November 2019 — The Canary

An initiative receiving counter-extremism funding from the Home Office has reportedly been posting consistently anti-Corbyn messages.

Faith Matters is funded by the Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Together programme (BSBT). It has regularly shared views against Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. According to a report published by the Home Office in October, it has awarded “around £8.8 million of government funding” to recipients of BSBT funding since 2016.
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‘Neither criminals, nor animals!’ Britain’s immigration detainees speak out By Jasmine Sallis

9 May 2014 — OurKIngdom

An activist in contact with people locked up in migrant jails reports on a week of unrest.

Words of a detainee at Campsfield IRC (screenshot @GeorgeEvansDoc)

The UK immigration authorities and their commercial partners are trying to suppress a wave of protests sweeping British detention centres. In the past week hundreds of asylum-seekers detained at four high-security facilities have started hunger-strikes against draconian Home Office policies.

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Police State UK: ‘Press handling with talking heads’: Snowden files reveal enormous GCHQ efforts to escape legal challenge

26 October 2013 — RT

The UK’s spy agency GCHQ was doing whatever it could to avoid igniting a “damaging public debate” and a subsequent possibility of a legal threat over its surveillance practices and cooperation with telecoms, new Snowden papers reveal.

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‘Go Home’ texts expose racist, anti-migrant British policy to the world By Les Back and Shamser Sinha

26 October 2013 — Our Kingdom

Last week two London academics exposed a racist government blunder, sparking international embarrassment and a statement from the Prime Minister. A small victory in the jaws of defeat, they say. Here is their report on one week in anti-immigrant times.

“Intelligence Led Surveillance” and Britain’s Police State: The Manufacture of “Mass Surveillance by Consent” By Charles Farrier

16 October 2013 — Global Research

british empire

Is mass surveillance so bad if you can’t see it?

In the dark ages known as the twentieth century, mass surveillance of entire populations was a sport practised only by elitist totalitarian states . Those unlucky enough to live in what was then termed a “free country”, had to sit on the sidelines and simply imagine what it was like to be subject to constant state intrusion.

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