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04.02.2011: Demonstrators at the monthly protest at Campsfield detention centre near Kidlington tomorrow (12-2pm main gates, Langford Lane) are calling for detainees who are paid for doing jobs such as serving meals and cleaning in the centre to be paid at least the minimum wage.
28.01.2011: Demonstrators at the monthly protest at Campsfield detention centre near Kidlington tomorrow (12-2pm main gates, Langford Lane) are calling for detainees who are paid for doing jobs such as serving meals and cleaning in the centre to be paid at least the minimum wage.
27.11.2010 - Campsfield Anniversary Demo - 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Join us to commemorate the opening of Campsfield IRC 17 years ago.
Barbed Wire Britain Open Meeting at Exeter Hall Kidlington - 2.15 to 4.00 pm
04.09.2010 - 3 Men Attempt Escape From Campsfield
08.08.2010 - Campsfield Hungerstrike Bulletin
Read the latest news of the hunger strike as it nears the end of its first week. Bulletin.
06.08.2010 - Solidarity Demonstration Outside Campsfield
The Campaign To Close Campsfield are holding a demonstration at the gates of Campsfield House on Friday 6th August at 6PM to show solidarity with the hunger striking detainees. All welcome. Need, or can offer a lift?, call 01865 558145.
04.08.2010 - Campsfield Detainees Continue Refusing Meals
02.08.2010 - Major Protest at Campsfield
The following is a press release issued by protesting detainees at Campsfield House.
UNLAWFUL DETENTION OF DETAINEES
147 detainees have are staging a protest by refusing meals at Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre. The protest erupted as a result of the treatment of detainees in detention centres especially for people who have been detained for a long period of time. We continue to refuse meals indefinitely for our voices to be heard.
Some of us detainees have been detained for over 3 years with no prospect of removal or any evidence of future release. There is no justification whatsoever for detaining us for such period of time. Our lives incidentally have been stalled without any hope of living a life, having a family or any future. More often than not, we are been detained even when our family (wife and children) are resident in the United Kingdom, depriving us of having a life with our family. We the detainees are also humans.
In certain cases, some of us are tortured and even face death or mental distress. On 14 April 2010, a detainee of Kenya national Eliud Nyenze died at Oakington IRC due to negligence. Mr. Nyenze, age 40, had a heart attack, requested for painkillers, repeatedly and kept crawling around the floor in pain before he died.
Detainees are currently undergoing mental stress with some of us developing mental problems on a monthly basis. We are issued removal directions without given enough time for an appeal.
It has become a habit by the UK Border Agency to use force in enforcing removal of detainees who have a pending Judicial Review without given appropriate time or consideration to our case and forcing our removal before our cases are concluded. In some situations we are not given enough time to appeal against the decision which breaches our rights under Article 6 of the ECHR. Our liberty and security has been taking away.
We as foreign nationals are often been criminalised for the purpose of detention and removal as the law under the European Convention of Human Rights permits the removal of foreigners who have established there lives in the United Kingdom and are a treat to national security. Foreign nationals are now been sent to prison for 12 months custodial sentence or more prompting the deportation of such individual. Removals are enforced on specially chartered flights with security personnel who abuse and torture detainees in the process. Detainees are restrained, strapped, beating and forced on the airplane.
On 26 July 2010, one of the detainee at Campsfield attempted suicide due to the level of treatment received at the detention centre.
The Amnesty International has also reported that our detention breaches the internationally recognised human rights.
On a regular basis, we are tortured, restrained, strapped like animals and beating to effect removal. This cannot be lawful given that there is provision within the ECHR convention that prohibits torture both mentally and physically.
We painfully ask that the government, the house of parliament, the House of Commons, the parliamentarians and all concerned to rise to our aid and address these issues that affects not only our lives and our future but the lives and future of the thousands of our families who are constantly under pain and torture.
Detainees - Campsfield House
A hundred people demonstrated at Campsfield immigration detention centre near Kidlington on Saturday 28 November 2009 to mark 16 years since the controversial detention centre opened in 1993.
They chanted 'Migrants are not criminals', 'Close Campsfield down', 'Asylum is a human right', and were answered by detainees waving from windows and shouting 'Freedom'.
Members of two Oxford choirs – Sea Green Singers and JoinedUpSingers – sang anthems of peace and freedom.
Speakers at the rally included local MP Evan Harris, who congratulated campaigners on their work overt the years, and Patrice Kalambayimulowaye from the democratic Republic of Congo, who explained how the trauma of unjust immigration detention can stay with a person for years after the event.
The same day at Calais-Folkestone, there was a Cross-channel Protest against the Anglo-French Border Regime, organised by No Borders. Around 65 activists from France, Belgium and the UK took part.
27.11.2010: Campsfield Anniversary Demo Send
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