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Around the Campaigns Friday 16th January 2009

Nellie de jongh | 16.01.2009 11:54 | Migration | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Birmingham | World

UKBA Children's policy, 'Not worth the paper its' written on'

Raphael 5 still in the Lions mouth, now 43 days in detention
Spoke to Raphael and Oluseye his Mum this morning, Raphael was very subdued according to mum after spending close to seven hours at Bedford General Hospital. Mum said that she was called at about 3:00pm yesterday and told that Raphael had his finger closed in the door, he had to go to the hospital for stitches. Mum said it was not made clear to her how the accident actually happened.

Oluseye told me that a report was written about her having lots of people coming to her room and one of the male officers said to her; "I am watching you Oluseye", she then asked me if she was doing anything wrong or breaking the law by having friends and their children in her room, she feels that this is intimidation. She also said for those of us who are locked up in Yarl's Wood, "we are sitting in the lion's mouth and anytime the lion can close its' jaws".  Nellie de jongh

Please send urgent faxes/emails immediately to Rt. Hon Jacqui Smith, MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office, requesting that Raphael and his mother are released. Please use the updated 'model letter' RaphaelShaubaJS.doc attached or write your own version. If you do so, please remember to include HO ref: S/38066/3
Fax: 020 8760 3132 / + 44 20 8760 3132 if you are faxing from outside UK)
"CIT - Treat Official"

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL] / First Reading
Please note that the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, will progress through the House of Lords to its' conclusion and then to the House of Commons.

House of Lords / 14 Jan 2009 : Column 1224

A Bill to provide for customs functions to be exercisable by the Secretary of State, the Director of Border Revenue and officials designated by them; to make provision about the use and disclosure of customs information; to make provision for and in connection with the exercise of customs functions and functions relating to immigration, asylum or nationality; to make provision about citizenship and other nationality matters; to make further provision about immigration and asylum; and for connected purposes.

The Bill was introduced by Lord West of Spithead, read a first time and ordered to be printed. Second Reading: Monday, 26 January 2009

Afghanistan: US Investigation of Airstrike Deaths 'Deeply Flawed'
"The weaknesses in the Callan investigation call into question the Defense Department's commitment to avoid civilian casualties," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Unless the new Obama administration urgently addresses the US military's airstrike practices in Afghanistan, more unnecessary civilian deaths and injuries will result."
Human Rights Watch, January 15, 2009

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