No. 15, September 2000
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Campaign welcomes delegates

The Campaign to Close Campsfield is organising Barbed Wire Europe: Conference Against Immigration Detention at Ruskin College from the evening of 15 September to Sunday 17 September, finishing with a demonstration at Campsfield at 5pm on Sunday. The Campaign will be welcoming delegates coming from many countries including Algeria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Finland, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.

Detainee news

The balance of nationalities detained in Campsfield has changed greatly over the past year. There are more eastern Europeans, many speaking no English, which makes finding visitors very difficult. There are a fair number of Chinese, and Asylum Welcome need Chinese-speaking visitors. Increasingly people are being detained prior to deportation, and many have been settled in this country for years, often with wives and children, whom they are separated from on deportation.

Recently 17 or 18 Asians were removed without notice to Lindholm, a new detention centre outside Doncaster. They have rung their former visitors to say that conditions there are far worse: no library, no games room, no education at all, and the food is even worse than that at Campsfield.

New visiting regime

A former prison governor, Francis Masserick, is now in charge of detention centres across the country. He has introduced a new visiting regime where a Group 4 officer watches over and listens to all visits. The visiting centre has been limited to one room (two were previously available) with 10 separate tables, each with three black chairs and one red chair for the detainee. Visitors and detainees are forced to sit on their colour-coded chair. Only 10 visits can now take place during each session (from 2-5pm and from 5-7pm) and visits must be booked in advance (before the end of the previous session). Each detainee is now only allowed two visitors at any one time.

During Campsfield's six years there has never been an incident in the visitors' centre, particularly because detainees are so glad to be visited. But the new regime severely restricts visiting, especially by families with children. It creates a penal atmosphere for people who are not meant to undergo punishment.

Actions by detainees

A detainee in Campsfield tried to halt his own deportation. He had had death threats to himself and to his young sons who were in hiding in Nigeria. He went on hunger strike and refused to get dressed while in Campsfield. He was taken to Stansted airport to board a KLM flight to Amsterdam. As a result of what immigration officials called a 'technical hitch', he never boarded the plane. The 'hitch' was that before passengers boarded, he had removed all his clothes. His action won him a reprieve of three days until he was deported. Another lawyer had a chance to see his papers, but no legal remedies remained.

Hunger strikes at HMP Rochester

A number of immigration detainees in the detention wing at Rochester prison in Kent went on hunger strike on 2 July 2000. Five were still on strike 12 days later. In the hospital wing there were five men who had been on hunger strike for 20 days. The men went on hunger strike against bad conditions and being locked up in their cells 24 hours a day.


Medical treatment

One detainee has been told he does not need an X-ray of his painful shoulder. He had already broken his leg running away from the police, and it was pinned before he came to Britain, but it has been very painful since he arrived in Campsfield. He was sent to hospital to have it examined, but no treatment was given. He was told afterwards that he was going to go to another hospital for it to be dealt with, perhaps reset, but again nothing has happened for weeks and he is still in detention.

A detainee was deported in severe pain from toothache that he had suffered from all the time he was in detention. He had had a temporary filling that had fallen out, probably exposing the nerve. The Campsfield doctor gave him painkillers and promised a dental appointment. Six weeks later he was deported, never having seen a dentist, and the morning after his appeal failed and before he had time to contact his lawyer or apply to the Tribunal.

Another detainee was held in Campsfield for months, suffering from severe depression and weight loss. He did not see a psychiatrist before he was deported, although he was told that he would.


Group 4 staff are now supposed to be trained to eliminate racism, and there is an anti-discrimination committee whose photos are displayed in the visiting room. Some of the new, younger staff and some of the more experienced are quite friendly and helpful to detainees. But institutional racism remains. In fact, one detainee pointed to a picture of one of the committee who he said had been abusing him. Another detainee, who was recently released (as usual with no money or means of transport), told the person who gave him a lift into Oxford what a relief it was to be free and especially to be free from the racial insults such as 'black monkey' and 'black bastard'.

A detainee recently experienced racial abuse in the canteen. He withdrew his complaint for fear of reprisals such as being moved to another establishment (he knew of a number of cases where men had been moved from Campsfield to prison in Derby with no explanation).

Official visitors

Reports from former detainees and visitors led the Campaign to Close Campsfield to write to the 'Official Visiting Committee' about their concerns in January 2000 (28/1/00). A reply was received six months later, in July (27/7/00). The 'Official Visitors' are appointed by the Home Office.

The issues raised by the Campaign were medical provision, especially mental health, dental treatment, the treatment of detainees by staff and the new visiting arrangements. The reply from the chair of the 'Official Visitors' did not investigate any of the issues raised and replied:

'On the point of adequate medical provision for the detainees, I would state that this is extremely good. The company providing this service employ qualified mental health nurses in addition to the doctors and other nurses who are all experienced in assessing patients from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. It is the responsibility of the Oxford Area Health Authority to provide secondary care for mental patients. All services, particularly medical care, are carefully monitored not only by the Visiting Committee, as an independent watchdog, but also by a Contract Monitor employed by the Home Office.'

Detainees, however, continue to report indifference to medical symptoms and four month-long waits for dental treatment (see above). It appears that the 'Contract Monitor' does not include monitoring detainees' views on their treatment.

The 'Official Visitors' chair also wrote that:

'The relationship that exists between detainees and Group 4 is very friendly and caring. Group 4 staff go out of their way to ensure that detainees are made to feel as comfortable as possible and will go the extra distance required to provide the best for them.'

Recently a visitor who had travelled from London was not allowed to see her husband because she had not known she had to book an appointment prior to visiting.

Another time two visitors, one with a baby, were kept waiting outside for some time because, according to Group 4 staff, 'other visitors were being processed.' On finally gaining entry they found only two other visitors were in the building.

Detainees are still afraid to complain. One former detainee, locked up in Campsfield for months, did not know of the existence of the Home Office Official Visiting Committee, let alone about his right to complain to them in confidence.

Visiting with Asylum Welcome

Many new cases are being heard quickly under the 'faster and firmer' (but not 'fairer') policy. In the meantime, the more difficult and longer-standing cases are having to wait, and many detainees have been inside Campsfield for months, suffering from increasing depression. The new chaplain is full-time and is giving considerable support to many people. Visitors can do so much by befriending detainees. At the moment, especially during the holiday season, Asylum Welcome is very short of visitors. Visiting is very rewarding, and detainees are incredibly grateful. Anyone who could visit regularly, especially if they speak an Eastern European language, Chinese or Arabic, please get in touch with Asylum Welcome.

New office for Asylum Welcome

Asylum Welcome has now moved to 276A Cowley Road (with some help from several Oxford Colleges, which have contributed more than £4,000 to Asylum Welcome during the last year). The new premises are a great improvement, mainly because there is now a common room and not just a waiting room. Asylum Welcome is open to visitors 10am-3pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (01865 722082). Oxfordshire Social Services, however, will only finance accommodation for asylum-seekers with mental health needs, which is putting more strain on Asylum Welcome's efforts to help people.

Asylum Welcome elected a new chair, Dr John Hyman of The Queen's College, Oxford, at their Annual General Meeting. Their report of their year's work is available from their new office.

New detention centres

Immigrant detention capacity was doubled to 400 following the opening of Campsfield Detention Centre in November 1993. Since then, capacity has increased three-fold to the current level of over 1,000. Immigration detention is planned to increase further to 4,000 by 2002 (Jack Straw, Today Programme, Radio 4, 9 June 2000).

Oakington (6 miles north-west of Cambridge)

Opened March 2000 from converted army barracks. Space for 400. Currently 101 including 19 children.

Harmondsworth (by Heathrow airport)

Will be rebuilt and expanded from 100 to 550 capacity, including units for families.

Thurleigh (8 miles from Bedford)

Will open April 2001 with 700 capacity for men, women and families. Aldington (near Ashford, Kent).

Rebuilding of old prison to replace immigration unit at Rochester prison. Capacity 300. Not intended for children or families.

Lindholm (near Doncaster, Yorkshire)

Half of an existing prison is being converted. Capacity 100.


First detention centre is planned for Scotland.

Newspaper hysteria against asylum-seekers

Recently, the Oxford Mail and other Oxford papers seem to have forgotten their earlier dismay at the treatment of asylum-seekers locked up in Campsfield detention centre. Back in April 1998, the Oxford Mail wrote:

Campsfield is an abomination to human rights in that it presumes guilt from the outset. Today those loyal protesters who have been branded as cranks and soft-centred do-gooders have been proved right. (Oxford Mail, 17/4/98)

Since March this year, the local papers have focused on the costs of providing emergency accommodation to approximately 1,300 asylum-seekers in Oxfordshire. In particular, the Oxford Times, the Oxford Mail, and the Daily Mail, focused on 'unscrupulous landlords' and Oxford papers claimed that Mohammed Faruq, the owner of Mair Property Services, was set to make a profit of £2 million as the sole provider of emergency accommodation for asylum-seekers in Oxford. The issue of the quality of the accommodation for asylum-seekers had initially been raised by Oxford City Council's environmental officer. The newspapers were, however, focused on the cost of the asylum-seekers to the taxpayer. Oxford Mail editor Patrick Fleming wrote of 'floods of refugees from eastern Europe swamping Oxford and costing the city a small fortune', and established a special phoneline for readers to report 'landlords cashing-in on the crisis'.

In reality the cost to Oxford originates from the Home Office reimbursement scheme, under the interim arrangements created by the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act, which limits repayments to Social Services to £140 per week per asylum-seeker or £240 per week per family. There is no similar cut-off point for housing other people. As a result, Social Services across the country are being insufficiently reimbursed when forced to place asylum-seekers in B&B accommodation.

The 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act also removed benefits from all asylum-seekers and gave asylum-seekers food vouchers worth £25 and £10 cash per week. Some asylum-seekers started asking strangers for assistance. In London and Oxford, a panic started about 'aggressive begging', and Dr Evan Harris MP complained of the 'use' of children by those begging (although crèche facilities are non-existent for asylum-seekers). Soon the Oxford Mail was receiving letters expressing sentiments like 'put our own people first' and 'charity begins at home'. In fact, the police reported that there were only six families ever found to be begging in Oxford.

The leader of the Conservative group on Oxfordshire County Council proposed to create a 'separate town for asylum-seekers', isolated at the Upper Heyford former RAF base. In the context of Oakington (see above) and the planned expansion of detention, this should be stopped or Oxford will end up with two detention centres.

Members of the Campaign to Close Campsfield wrote and organised signatures for a joint letter published in the Oxford Mail. The Campaign also produced a leaflet answering the racists' assumptions, entitled 'Putting the Record Straight: Refugees Are Not Criminals', which supporters distributed widely on the city's streets. In July and August members of the Campaign leafleted Cowley Centre with leaflets, first, against the voucher scheme, and, second, calling on the government to recognise that asylum seekers have the right to work. Members of the Campaign also took part in the national demonstration in London called by the Committee in Defence of Asylum-Seekers. (Earlier version of this article appeared in CARF, April/May 2000)

Oxfordshire Race Equality Council considers Campsfield

The Close Campsfield Campaign has requested at each AGM for three years that Oxfordshire Race Equality Council (OREC) address the issue of Campsfield. In November 1999, a meeting took place, but it was a closed meeting for an invited audience and the only speakers were from the Immigration Service. No detainee or asylum-seeker or black or Asian migrant had been invited to speak. Barbara Gatehouse, chair of OREC and (in a personal capcity) an 'Official Visitor' to Campsfield, chaired the meeting. The speakers talked of 'bogus' asylum-seekers and the 'tight ship' run at Campsfield. In the discussion, Francis Masserick (Detention estate director, Immigration Service) and Ian Martin (Chief Immigration Officer, Campsfield) did not accept or plan to investigate any of the criticisms of the regime in Campsfield raised by the audience. OREC has still not invited a former detainee to address an OREC meeting.

At OREC's AGM in July 2000, it was announced that members of the OREC committee now have the right to visit Campsfield. They state that they will 'audit racist incidents', although they have not yet spoken to either Asylum Welcome or the Campaign to Close Campsfield about recent incidents. OREC's new policy statement notes that:

'OREC will monitor Campsfield House by taking the following measures:

* Advise Campsfield House on the establishment of a Race Relations Management Team (RRMT);
* Monitor arrangements to ensure that individuals are able to report incidents of racial harassment or racial discrimination to RRMT members, OREC or outside bodies, including via the Racism Actionline;
* Circulate Racism Actionline publicity material to Campsfield House for display;
* Monitor periods of detention and the time taken to reach decisions;
* Arrange visits to Campsfield for members of the Executive Committee;
* Liase with Immigration Officers and/or Group 4 on the identification of any training needs;
* Pursue individual complaints which fall within OREC's remit as far as resources permit, and refer cases to appropriate and relevant organisations as required;
* Monitor the application of the current immigration legislation and collaborate closely with the Commission for Racial Equality in recommending any changes to existing legislation.'

Rules for immigration detainees

The 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act has for the first time put detention centres on a statutory footing. Although the 1971 Immigration Act introduced the power to detain, it did not authorise the contracting out of detention centres, nor the regulations governing their management or regime. Sir David Ramsbotham, the chief inspector of prisons, was 'shocked' to discover the absence of 'statutory authority' and that there are no minimum standards of treatment. The new law acts retrospectively to give parliamentary authority. The regulations now allow for detainees to be forced to sign a 'compact' with the Immigration Service about their behaviour in detention, as if detainees had a choice or, like convicted prisoners serving a sentence of punishment, could gain early release for 'good behaviour'.

Francis Masserick spoke to a meeting of the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees in Oxford in July about the new rules and regulations that would apply to all detention centres and will be submitted to parliament in October. The new rules cover three core areas: rights of detainees, rights of staff, and maintaining safety and security. Operating standards will be set out in a 10-page document, to come into effect in November 2000.

Minimum standards for detainees proposed include the right to be fed, housed, clothed, and have access to a doctor. Detainees do not appear to have visiting rights as such - all visits will be within sight and hearing of a staff member. Proposed rules covering rights of staff include powers of search, powers to measure, fingerprint, photograph detainees, and to test for drugs or alcohol, and to conduct medical examinations in certain circumstances.

What especially worried members of the audience was Masserick's outdated and conservative views on 'how to balance privacy with safety, security and decency'. The issue of security included, according to Masserick, the problem of 'Asian visitors with extended family groups'. He was most concerned about 'decency' and preventing detainees from 'snogging', especially if 'two males were to embrace each other'. (Restriction on physical contact between detainees and their families must seem like a punishment to detainees separated from their partners and children.) Masserick also appeared to believe that fathers could not look after their own children in the absence of their mother.

The new rules allow for the imposition of sanctions on detainees. This endorses existing practice (see earlier editions of Campsfield Monitor) to move 'disruptive' detainees, or detainees that complain, to prisons. There appears to be no provision for adjudicating over transfers and permitting detainees to reply to criticisms. New detention centres may include what is called 'enclosed accommodation' to segregate individual detainees, as existing centres such as Campsfield already do.

Demonstrations at Campsfield

The anniversary 'Six Years Too Long' demonstration at Campsfield in November 1999 was attended by about 300 people. The detainees were kept locked up inside and prevented from talking to the demonstrators. Police on horseback intimidated demonstrators and prevented people from banging on the fence.

Detainees continued to be kept indoors during the monthly demonstrations until March 2000. People have attended the demonstrations from many places in the UK, including Coventry, Brighton, Cardiff and London. The monthly demonstrations this year have also heard speakers from India, Finland, South Africa and the United States, and a message of support from the Interfaith Refugee Action Team - Elizabeth (New Jersey, USA).


Demonstrations at Harmondsworth

About 100 people demonstrated at Harmondsworth Detention Centre (near Heathrow) on 15 July 2000. Demonstrators, including CAGE supporters, climbed to the top of the fence and spoke with the detainees inside. The next day, they and people from the Close Down Harmondsworth Campaign returned to visit the people they had spoken to over the wire. Security confiscated the literature and the cherries brought for the detainees but permitted phonecards to be given to the detainees who came from Albania, Algeria, India, Kosovo, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. One detainee was due to be deported the next day, so demonstrators helped prevent his deportation (see below).

Demonstration at Haslar

The new group called the South Hants Campaign to Defend Asylum-Seekers organised a demonstration on 29 July outside Haslar prison at Gosport near Portsmouth, where 155 asylum-seekers are detained (Home Office figures for June 2000).

Demonstrations at Oakington

Cambridge Against Refugee Detention (CARD) organised a large demonstration in Cambridge before Oakington opened. On 17 March 2000, when Barbara Roche, minister for immigration and nationality, came to inspect the converted army camp, demonstrators lay down in front of her car.

On 20 March 2000, the first day of opening of Oakington, seven people (four from the Close Campsfield Campaign and others from ARROW) blockaded the entrance for an hour. The blockade received national press coverage and the seven protesters, who held placards stating 'We love asylum-seekers' and 'Refugees are not criminals', were charged with obstruction of the highway. The charge was changed to obstruction of a police officer after the Crown Prosecution Service realised that the road was not a highway.

The seven defendants put forward legal and political arguments at their trial on 26 June, contending that immigration detention was in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, and challenging their 'obstruction' of a police officer who would not normally be outside Oakington. After a full day in court, the magistrates found them guilty and sentenced them to a £200 fine and £50 costs. All have lodged an appeal which is due to be heard in November.

On 19 August another demonstration was organised at Oakington with about 200 people. Two people, one dressed in a pink and green furry monster suit, went into the centre to give the children inside a van-load of toys, sweets, books and clothes. There were 101 people detained in Oakington including 19 children. The Home Office is using Oakington to 'fast-track' asylum claims. The Refugee Legal Centre and the Refugee Council have an office at Oakington, so the Home Office can use the centre as a way of turning around cases from assessment to decision especially quickly and is picking on certain nationalities. In effect, this recreates the 'white list' of countries from which asylum claims are automatically dismissed.

'Flan' Widdecombe pied

Shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe learned a valuable lesson in home economics in May - that stirring up race hatred is a recipe for getting your just desserts - when she received a pie in the face at a book signing ceremony at Waterstones in Oxford. The pie was delivered by Agent Traditional Romany Pie of the Campsfield High Command of the Biotic Baking Brigade and was in response to the Conservative Tarty's local elections' manifesto, which described Britain as 'a soft touch for the organised asylum racketeers who are flooding the country with bogus asylum-seekers'. Widdecombe had been especially vocal about her plan to lock up all asylum-seekers.

The Biotic Baking Brigade Agent was whisked off and charged with affray and common assault. These were later reduced to a lesser charge and Traditional Romany Pie was ordered to pay court costs and £100 compensation to cover the dry cleaning bill of 'Flan' Widdecombe's suit. According to a source at the BBC, Ms Widdecombe's office later stated that any compensation paid would be donated to an anti-abortion campaign. Agent Traditional Romany Pie refused to pay the fine at a court appearance this August and was sentenced to five days in custard-y.

Passengers stop deportations

One of the detainees in Harmondsworth met by the CAGE demonstrators was Salim Rambo from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had not seen a solicitor but had had his asylum case refused on the basis that he had passed through Germany, which had already refused his asylum application. CAGE supporters established that he was due to be deported two days later, did have a legal case to delay his deportation, but that the Immigration Service would not postpone.

On 18 July, the morning of his deportation, four CAGE supporters leafleted passengers about to board flight BA902 due to leave at 7.15am. At 8am a passenger stood up and refused to sit down until Salim was removed. The flight was delayed by over 2 hours and the pilot insisted that Salim and the passenger were taken off the plane. Salim is now in detention in Haslar and continuing with his asylum case. Similar actions in Belgium have led to commercial airlines refusing to deport asylum-seekers. A spokesperson from CAGE said: 'It is unbelievable that BA and its shareholders are profiting from the forced removal of people from the UK. This is the ultimate in putting profit before life, and it is nice to see that people here are standing up to it...literally!'

On 21 July, the action was repeated by friends of Amanji Gafor from the Bristol Campaign to Defend Asylum-Seekers. An Iraqi Kurd, Amanji Gafor was being deported to Germany on flight BA4715 from Gatwick. The Home Office told a local councillor that the deportation had been postponed because of the planned demonstration at Gatwick. Just in case, the demonstration went ahead. Angus Crawford from the PM Programme, BBC Radio 4, reported that some of the passengers ignored the demonstrators but others took leaflets and signed the petition. A German traveller said 'it's a good idea', he reported, and another said 'if we can make some sort of gesture to stand up for human rights, I think that's a positive thing.'

Without warning his solicitor, Amanji Gafor was then removed from the BA flight and booked on to a Lufthansa flight at another time. But he managed to resist his own deportation and was taken back to Tinsley House Detention Centre.

Eventually Amanji Gafor was removed by boat from the UK on Sunday 13 August 2000 after a four-and-a-half year struggle to seek asylum in six European countries. His deportation ended a seven-month battle in the UK during which activists stopped three removal attempts on British Airways and Lufthansa flights. After several corporate fines, electronic actions and fax campaigns, airlines have refused to carry him, fearing for their image, and the British government was forced to resort to deportation by sea. A sea blockade was planned, but in the end Amanji made a decision to leave - a decision that was painfully respected by his supporters. Amanji has been ground down by his rejection in fortress Europe, by hard-faced and callous governments, by bogus solicitors that sapped his earnings, by the beatings and brutality of deportation officers and by years of imprisonment without trial in Europe's detention centres. He has learned to say 'asylum' and 'goodbye' in six languages. He is now in a rural refugee camp in Germany awaiting removal in the near future back to Iraq. Before he left Amanji said:

'I will not beg those who do not want me anymore: the solicitors, the governments. I know it is not people's wish but now I want go back and fight. I leave behind me a new-found family in the UK - those who came to visit me in detention, the trade unionists that adopted me, the many supporters that I will never know, the protesters who faced police lines and the courts for myself and others. Now, I prefer to fight and pay the price of death for my beliefs in Iraq and to stand proud in the face of tyranny rather than beg for the human rights that Europe doesn't offer any more.'

The UK government plans to increase significantly the rate of removals and deportations. The Home Office target for 2000 is 12,000, for 2001 30,000, and by 2002 37,000 removals. Home Office figures show that, for the first six months of 2000, there was a 29.8 per cent increase in the number of deportations and removals compared with the same period in 1999 (and a 44 per cent increase over the same period in 1998). From 1 January to 30 June 2000 22,645 people were deported from the UK. Since coming to power in May 1997 until May 2000, New Labour has deported over 116,828 people. Another 3,725 were deported in June 2000. On 30 June 2000, 1,038 people (not including those in Oakington) were detained under immigration powers.

CAGE is collecting airmiles to subsidise actions against deportations. To help, contact CAGE (see below).

UK Civil Rights Caravan to visit Oxford and Barbed Wire Europe conference

Starting mid-September, a Civil Rights Caravan will travel throughout England for a month of solidarity with asylum-seekers, migrants and victims of racist attacks and murders. The Caravan, a form of grass-roots resistance pioneered by migrants in Germany, demands:

* Full rights for asylum-seekers, undocumented workers, migrants and victims of racist attacks;
* The right to asylum and end to detention, deportation, vouchers and dispersal;
* An end to racism and racist violence.

The Caravan will visit the Barbed Wire Europe conference during the afternoon of Sunday 17 September and go up to Campsfield for the demonstration at 5pm.

For further details and offers of help, contact CARF (see below).

Contact details

Asylum Welcome
276A Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UR
01865 722082 or
Please contact if you would like to visit detainees

AVID: Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees
c/o Bartlemas House, Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 2AJ
01865 727795

Campaign to Close Campsfield
111 Magdalen Rd, Oxford OX4 1RQ or 01865 558145 or 557282
Demonstration at Campsfield on the last Saturday of every month from 12noon to 2pm
Meetings in Oxford Town Hall, 7.30-9pm, first Tuesday of every month. All welcome.

BID: Bail for Immigration Detainees
28 Commercial St, London E1 6LS or 020 7247 3590

BDASC: Bristol Defend Asylum-Seekers Campaign
Box 41, Greenleaf Books, 82 Colston St, Bristol BS1 5BB
0771 4757 984

c/o David Polden, CND, 162 Holloway Road, London N7 8DQ 020 7607 2302 or (fao Andrea)

The CAGE network,
c/o 182 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3HW or 07931 401962 (messages)

CARD: Cambridge Against Refugee Detention
Andy Smith,

CARF: Campaign Against Racism and Fascism
Nana for the Caravan, BM Box 8784, London WC1N 3XX
020 7837 1450 or

Close Down Harmondsworth Campaign
020 8571 5019

IRATE: Interfaith Refugee Action Team - Elizabeth (New Jersey, USA) or 00 1 973 733 9631 or

NCADC: National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns
110 Hamstead Rd, Birmingham B20 2QS
0121 554 6947 or 0161 740 8206 or 020 7701 5197 or

OREC: Oxfordshire Race Equality Council
Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford OX1 1PE or 01865 815239

South Hants Campaign to Defend Asylum-Seekers
John Molyneux, 72 Mayles Road, Southsea, PO4 8NS
02392 828 149

Please send articles and
information for the
Campsfield Monitor to:
c/o 111 Magdalen Road,
Oxford OX4 1RQ


  • Campaign welcomes delegates
  • Detainee news
  • New visiting regime
  • Actions by detainees
  • Hunger strikes at HMP Rochester
  • Visiting with Asylum Welcome
  • New office for Asylum Welcome
  • New detention centres
  • Newspaper hysteria against asylum-seekers
  • Oxfordshire Race Equality Council considers Campsfield
  • Rules for immigration detainees
  • Demonstrations at Campsfield
  • 'Flan' Widdecombe pied
  • Passengers stop deportations
  • UK Civil Rights Caravan to visit Oxford and Barbed Wire Europe conference
  • Contact details