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Around the Campaigns Wednesday 28th January 2009

John O | 28.01.2009 09:10 | Migration | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Birmingham | World

Elsa and Betty, still here, still in detention
"Elsa and Betty set out for the airport Tuesday morning but the flight was cancelled and they were brought back in Yarl's Wood. I've been asked to pass on thanks from the campaign to all who supported Elsa and Bethlehem. Pressure now needs to be put on the Home Office to release the family as soon as possible and return them to Leeds where they belong."

Please look out for calls for support over the next few days,

John Ward on behalf of the Campaign

Background: Second attempt to remove Elsa and Bethlehem

NCADC have received notice that a DRC mother & two children are to be removed on Thursday to DRC, (we suspect there are many more DR Congolese facing removal).

Conflict Risk Alert: DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have struck a deal for military cooperation that risks a new escalation of combat in the eastern Congo and an even greater humanitarian crisis without assurances that it will solve the region's political and security problems. Kigali and Kinshasa should immediately suspend their joint military operations until they define clearer military and political objectives for their new cooperation, work with the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) and humanitarian agencies to minimise the risk to civilians of any combat and develop a comprehensive strategy to foster disarmament of the Rwandan Hutu insurgents (FDLR).
International Crisis Group: Nairobi/Brussels, 27 January 2009

Sheffield Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers website launch
Sheffield CDAS is a campaigning organisation opposed to the Government's scapegoating of asylum seekers. We support groups campaigning for individual and families of Asylum Seekers who are unjustly threatened with deportation.
We campaign : *for Asylum seekers to have the right to work and entitlement to income support. *for Detention centres to be abolished. *to defend the 1951 Geneva Convention. *for an end to dispersal. *for full legal rights and representation. *for an end to the Asylum and Immigration Act.

LDSG: Detained Lives campaign website launch
London Detainee Support Group (LDSG ) has launched the website for the Detained Lives campaign to end indefinite detention, The website will be a source of information and news about indefinite immigration detention lasting for more than a year. It features pages for several current detainees to share their views and stories. We will be adding pages for more detainees over the coming weeks

Medical Justice meeting - Monday 9th February 7:00pm
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, fl 0XG.

Kindly hosted by the SOAS Detainee Support Group / Everyone welcome.

Theme of this meeting; Children in Detention
This will be the second Medical Justice meeting on children in detention. There have been relevant developments since our first meeting and activity across a number of organisations has increased, not all of which everyone has visibility of. This meeting will be highly interactive. Speakers will include Medical Justice members Dr Nick Lessof (paediatrician), Prof. Cornelius Katona (psychiatrist), Dr Jonathan Fluxman (GP), Dr Miriam Beeks (GP), Dr Frank Arnold (surgeon and scars specialist), Alex Goodman (barrister) and others, and members of the Refugee Children's Consortium and Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.
Full details/agenda:

Immigration: Appeals / House of Commons / 26 Jan 2009 : Column 95W

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of appeals against determination by the UK Border Agency and its predecessors were successful in each of the last 10 years. [249925]

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply.

The latest figures are available from the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 2007 ("Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007"), which was published in August 2008. This bulletin indicates that, between 1998 and 2007, (a) 874,885 appeals were lodged with the asylum and immigration tribunal, or its jurisdictional predecessors, against decisions by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) 250,930 of those appeals were allowed (comprising asylum, in-country, entry clearance and other non-asylum cases). The bulletin only provides figures between the years of 1997 to 2007 as figures for 2008 are not yet available.

It should be noted that the following figures relate to immigration adjudicator/judge decisions and do not include immigration appeals tribunal decisions or asylum and immigration tribunal reconsiderations of appeals for each of the last 10 years as this information is not available in the published bulletin.

Total determined Allowed Proportion (percentage)

2007: 154,740 48,365 31

2006: 167,310 54,860 32

2005: 100,250 30,440 30

2004: 109,220 34,245 31

2003: 108,350 29,025 26

2002: 84,260 21,910 26

2001: 56,815 13,335 24

2000: 27,130 5,960 22

1999: 28,610 7,630 27

1998: 38,200 5,200 14

Total 874,885 250,930 29

1. Prior to April 2005, the figures are based on data supplied by the Presenting Officers Unit within the Home Office. From April 2005 the figures are based on information supplied by the Ministry of Justice.

2. The figures for 1997, 1999, and 2000 are rounded to the nearest 10, figures for 1998 rounded to the nearest 100, and figures for 2001 onwards are rounded to the nearest five. All percentages are calculated by the Ministry of Justice using the figures contained in the bulletin and are rounded to the nearest whole number.
3. The bulletin states that some of the figures provided for 2005 and 2006 have been revised. It also states that the figures for 2007 are provisional only.

End of Bulletin:

Source for this Message:
Friends of Elsa and Bethlehem
International Crisis Group
Medical Justice

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