UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
As many have heard, a relentless anti-police movement has grown from the tragedy of Oscar Grant's murder on January 1, 2009 by former officer Johannes Mehserle.* Recently, Mehserle was convicted of the deplorable charge of involuntary manslaughter, a weak charge which carries a sentence of probation to four years in prison.
26-07-2010 17:37This is a campaign to bring an end to stoning. Stoning is a barbaric act that belongs in Medieval times, not the 21st Century. Sakine's case represents all that is bad with a Sharia based system of law, that lets the state decide who one is allowed to have sexual relations with whom. On the 24 July 2010, thousands of campaigners from all over the world came together to say: Not to Stonings, no to Executions in Iran, no to State interference in private lives of citizens.
26-07-2010 14:25"White House National Security Advisor James Jones issued a statement calling the leaks "irresponsible," saying they not only put the lives of Americans and their partners at risk, but also threaten national security."
26-07-2010 14:22Along with BP, Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, is also responsible for the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Transocean also built the wellheads for the Shell Corrib gas project in Mayo, Ireland where the community campaign is now in it's 10th year of struggle
26-07-2010 07:12Harmondsworth IRC, managed by GEO Group UK, is now back to full capacity after being partially made uninhabitable by frustrated detainees in November 2006.
(Formally known as 'Wackenhut Corrections Corporation'. GEO Group has been accused of gross civil rights violations relating to adequate access to food and medical care, especially at its USA Northwest Detention Center, including unlawful interrogations and coercing inmates to sign paperwork they would otherwise not be inclined to. Source 'Wikipedia'. GEO's worldwide operations include the management/ownership of 63 prisons/Immigration Removal Centres and residential treatment facilities with a capacity of 61,500 beds)
As of today there are a total of 3,436 bed spaces, in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) and Short Term Holding Facilities (STHFs).
A sizable number of prison bed spaces are occupied by persons off the end of criminal sentences (have reached their release date) and continue to be detained as immigration offenders, awaiting deportation or transfer to a detention centre. UKBA no longer release the numbers of those held in prison as immigration offenders.
Eight IRCs and 4 STHFs are owned/managed or managed by private corporations, three IRCs managed by the Prison Service.
Campsfield House IRC GEO Group Bed spaces: 216 male detainees
Harmondsworth IRC GEO Group Bed spaces 615 male detainees
Yarl's Wood IRC Serco Bed spaces 405 Female detainees
Colnbrook IRC Serco Bed spaces 383 male detainees ( STHC 40 beds male/female)
Brook House IRC G4S Bed spaces 426 male detainees
Oakington IRC G4S Bed spaces 408 male detainees
Dungavel House G4S Bed spaces 190 Mixed, male, female
Tinsley House G4S Bed spaces 146 Male Detainees
Dover IRC HM Prison Service Bed spaces 316 male detainees
Haslar IRC HM Prison Service Bed spaces 160 male detainees
Lindholme IRC HM Prison Service Bed spaces 112 male detainees
Manchester STHF G4S Bed spaces 32
Queens Buildings (Heathrow) STHF G4S Bed spaces 15
Harwich STHF Abbey Security Ltd Bed spaces 12
Dover Harbour STHF Dover Harbour Board Bed spaces 20
Addresses/phone/fax/visiting times for all the above can be found here:
(Editors note, data has been taken from UKBA/Private management web sites)
24-07-2010 17:19“There is no evidence, not a single piece of proof, of where those photographs were taken”, said Chaderton, adding that the “evidence” presented by Colombia was “confusing, imprecise and non-convincing.
Last year Colombia opened its territory to seven US military bases in an agreement that the US Air Force claimed was necessary in order to conduct “full spectrum military operations” throughout South America to “combat the constant threat of anti-American governments in the region.”
23-07-2010 20:34A callout for contributions for articles that examine anarchist reflections on migration, population and climate change. Interested in articles that are open and accessible from all parts of the anarchist and activist spectrum.
23-07-2010 09:18The prominent Iranian labour activist Mansour Osanloo has been serving time in Prison under poor health conditions for a long time
23-07-2010 00:31New Mayday website here;
22-07-2010 14:38Human rights activists have begun a campaign to raise awareness about the situation of Mansour Ossanlou, and, by extension, all political prisoners in Iran.
Join our campaign at Iran Solidarity.
22-07-2010 14:26International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day
Below are rallies and events organised for International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day: World Citizens against Stoning - 24 July 2010.
Day asking for end to Stonings, Executions and Tortures in Iran.
Socialists and Anarchists - PLEASE JOIN US !