Archive | December, 2009

EUROPE’S MURDEROUS BORDERS: Report 2009 on the violation of human rights at borders published by Migreurop network

14 Dec

For its first Annual report on the violation of human rights at borders, Migreurop has chosen to maintain the four symbolic poles of the misdeeds of the policy enacted by the European Union in the field of immigration and asylum.

The Greek-Turkish border,

the Calais region in north-western France,

that of Oujda in eastern Morocco

and the island of Lampedusa in the far south of Italy,

These are as many stops, more or less lengthy, sometimes definitive, in the odyssey of thousands of people who, every year, by trying to reach Europe, seek to escape the fate that they have been dealt through chosen or forced exile.

Download at http://www.migreurop.org/article1574.html

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Update from Calais

8 Dec
Hello everyone

The situation in Calais is generally getting worse. The police are now almost relentless, coming to some squares three times in the nights, refusing to let anyone sleep. There is really no where for people to go – we went to the park with some migrants who had had their house raided, but the police then started driving their snatch vans through the park forcing us to hide in bushes.

The weather is getting bitterly cold and it is raining…a lot.

However, some things are getting more encouraging. The local associations in Calais are becoming more militant – seeing the desperation of the situation, the lack of progress, they are interested in self-organising and sorting this situation out for ourselves.

watch this space….

but for any actions to be implemented we need people…please come to calais. we have a nice office where people can stay.

Conditions at G4S Immigration Prison ‘Worse and Worse’

6 Dec

Since it opened earlier this year, the UK’s newest and biggest immigration prison has barely had a day without trouble. However, Corporate Watch has learnt that things have become “much worse” lately, both for the detainees and for their visitors. Meanwhile, the G4S management is apparently recruiting new security guards as staff shortages have led many detainees to repeatedly miss doctors’ and court appointments.

see the full article at http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk/?lid=3471