UK: State violence in a no-access border zone

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — Institute of Race Relations

Exactly a year ago, a dinghy with 34 people on board sank in the English Channel. There were two survivors. In the three hours it took for the boat to sink, as distress messages flooded in from those on board, French and British coastguards debated whose responsibility it was to rescue them. No help came, as one by one the passengers died of cold or drowned. As this week’s Calendar of Racism and Resistance shows, the body investigating the deaths – the worst loss of life in the Channel in over 30 years – the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), will not present its findings until at least early summer next year, and has not yet been in touch with most of the families of those who died, despite being sent their contact details. The families have also been denied access to recordings of their loved ones’ final calls for help. The unmistakable message conveyed by such responses is that these deaths don’t matter and that the families of the deceased are unworthy of respect.

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An Excess of Evacuees

Monday, 7 November 2022 — The Van Says…

This has become a familiar picture over the last year, yet is the Ukrainian political establishment now attempting to flood Europe with its populace?

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The last month has seen Russian forces take the Ukrainian electricity system offline piece by piece, power stations as well as substations being destroyed in a series of devastating strikes. This has prompted the mayor of Kiev to propose evacuating the entire population from the city as well as its environs due to the increasingly untenable situation that the population faces as normal life slowly grinds to a halt and the cold of winter starts to bite. With things being as they are across the whole country today, it can be guaranteed that these displaced people will not stay in-country and will be sent to Europe. This article examines what this may mean for both the Ukraine as a country and those states who would be playing host to as many as four million more Ukrainian people.

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UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s Refugee Plan Is Illegal. The UK Will Implement It Anyway

Monday, 24 October, 2022 — Global Research

New law from ruling Conservative Party set to break the Refugee Convention, the Human Rights Act and common law

By Alex McDonald

Refugee organisations have balked at new proposals by the British government to ban refugees who cross the English Channel from seeking asylum.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman set out the new plans at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday in a bid to cut down the number of migrants taking the dangerous journey from France.
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Europe’s treatment of refugees is racist and murderous 

Wednesday, 7 September 2022 — Peoples Dispatch

The recent incident of refugees being stranded in the Mediterranean without assistance from coastal forces exemplifies a larger pattern of cruelty by European nations towards those fleeing conflict zones

by Abdul Rahman

EU policies on refugeesFile Photo: Andrew McConnell/UNHCR

According to an Al-Jazeera report, around 60 refugees, mostly from Lebanon and Syria, stranded in the Mediterranean sea have not got any help from European coast guards for days despite distress calls and reports of at least three children among them dying. Instead, they are being watched from a container ship. Such reports of criminal insensitivity are not an aberration.

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EU has spent over €340 million on border AI technology that new law fails to regulate

Thursday, 12 May 2022 — Statewatch

The EU has spent €341 million on research into artificial intelligence technologies for asylum, immigration and border control purposes since 2007, yet the proposed AI Act currently being debated in EU institutions fails to provide meaningful safeguards against harmful uses of those technologies, says a report published today by Statewatch.

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Israel’s fortress state is the model for the UK’s new asylum policy

In copying an Israeli scheme to ship refugees to Rwanda, Boris Johnson’s government has turned to the world leader in keeping out ‘undesirables’

Middle East Eye – 20 April 2022

There is nothing innovative or humanitarian about Britain’s new policy of shipping asylum seekers, “on a one-way ticket“, thousands of miles to central Africa. Nor is there anything surprising about the choice of destination: Rwanda. Boris Johnson’s government has simply copied wholesale a programme established by Israel eight years ago.

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Manslaughter charges brought over drowned migrants in English Channel

21 December 2021 — True Publica

Manslaughter charges brought over drowned migrants in English Channel

By TruePublica: Here is a story not published in a single mainstream newspaper in Britain. A humanitarian association has now filed manslaughter charges against high-ranking French and British officials for failing to help 27 people who subsequently drowned on November 26th attempting to cross the English Channel.

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Safe Passage Breaking News: UK dis-invited to EU meeting

26 November 2021 — Safe Passage

You may have seen that Priti Patel has been dis-invited to an upcoming summit of European Ministers this weekend to discuss the tragedy in the Channel.

As the Home Secretary won’t be meeting with European Ministers to discuss policy, it’s more important than ever that the Government hears our calls for safe routes now loud and clear.

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UK: Priti must resign

25 November 2021 — Safe Passage

Yesterday 24 November 2021, at least 27 men, women and children died attempting to reach safety in the UK. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of all those who have lost their lives.

The tragic truth is that these deaths could, and should, have been prevented.

Priti Patel failed to prevent them. She must resign.

Join our calls for her to resign.

Tell Priti to resign

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Migrants Organise! Wow. What a week!

1 November 2021 — MEDACT

Wow. Last week, hundreds of you took to the streets and went into your communities to deliver the message loud and clear: we demand no borders in the NHS. 

Together we are shifting the racist and nationalist tide by refusing to allow our healthcare service to become a tool of hostile immigration enforcement. We are fighting to ensure it stays true to its founding principles: that healthcare should be available to all who need it, regardless of where you’re from or your ability to pay.

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The Global Climate Wall

30 October 2021  — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Climate Apartheid

The world’s wealthiest countries are responding to the climate crisis by militarizing their borders

The biggest emitters of greenhouse gases spend an average of 2.3 times as much on arming their borders as on climate finance. Some spend 15 times as much. They aim to keep migrants away, rather than addressing the causes of displacement.

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Statewatch: Call for expressions of interest

19 July 2021 — Statewatch

State databases, biometrics, policing and migration control

As part of our ongoing work on the development and deployment of biometric technologies for policing and migration control, we are organising two workshops in October this year.

These training and collaborative learning sessions will involve:

  • Teaching about EU databases and information policy in the field of policing and migration;
  • Learning from others working on similar and related topics; and
  • Discussion of relevant issues with peers in the field.

To find out more and to express your interest in attending, please see our call, available in:


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BID’s response to the Nationality and Borders Bill

7 July 2021 — BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees)

We raise the alarm about areas of the bill that pose a particular threat to our clients

As our team digest the Nationality and Borders Bill and its dire implications for human rights we join many others in expressing our extreme dismay at the proposition of such a cruel and unworkable immigration bill.

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Statewatch News 7 May 2021

7 May 2021 — Statewatch News

(Issue 09/21, also available as a PDF)

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EU: Detention at the borders to increase “voluntary” removals

As part of its ongoing drive to increase the removal of migrants from EU territory, the European Commission unveiled a new strategy on “voluntary” return and reintegration at the end of April.  The document states the use of detention “can increase the uptake of voluntary returns at early stages of the return process.” In particular, the proposed introduction of “border return procedures” – which could introduce mandatory detention of up to 10 months – is seen as key.

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New Plan for Immigration is same old Hostile Environment

23 April 2021 — Migrants Organise

Migrants organise

At the end of March, the Home Office launched its consultation about the New Plan for Immigration.  The consultation questionnaire has 45 questions – some are multiple-choice and some are open questions. But all of them are framed in such a way that it is almost impossible to answer any of them in a meaningful way. Priti Patel’s “New Plan for Immigration” is not so new and it is not a plan either. Continue reading…

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UK: Lawyers threatened with bankruptcy for taking on Home Office

2nd April 2021 — True Publica

Lawyers threatened with bankruptcy for taking on Home Office

By TruePublica: The senior partner at an independent law firm located near London, established for 30 years, has just published the following information on his blog, which is very concerning (source). In essence, lawyers are now being threatened by the Home office with huge personal losses, which could easily lead to personal bankruptcies for simply making an application to defend their client’s life, which may be at stake if they are deported back to their own country.

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Priti Patel: Torturing the Scapegoat

29 March 2021 — Craig Murray

By Craig Murray

I frequently find myself differing with readers who find it hard to understand that I can have personal friendships with people with politics very contrary to my own. I do not believe having a different opinion to me makes you a bad person. But there are times when I look at political opponents and consider that they can only be motivated by malice. I honestly believe you have to be a psychopath to wish to inflict the kind of calculated cruelty on hapless individuals who have already suffered much, that was presaged in Priti Patel’s new proposals for dealing with asylum seekers.

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