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Return of the Fast Track?

Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, announced proposals to introduce a fast […]

Charter flights: ‘when politics comes before people’

Last month activists prevented the departure of a charter flight […]

Not one more: Another death at the Verne

Yesterday we learned of another death in detention. As the […]

Will More and Longer Detention Solve the ‘Migration Crisis’?

This article originally appeared on the Border Criminologies blog on […]

Morton Hall: ‘The devastating impact of indefinite detention can no longer be denied’

Today, HM Inspectorate of Prisons has released a report following an unannounced […]

Home Office policy vs Home Office practice – Freed Voices on the #DetentionDebate

Today’s Westminster Hall debate on the detention of vulnerable people […]

#DetentionDebate tomorrow at Westminster

Tomorrow, 14 March, there will be a debate about the […]

Freed Voices meet the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Last month, Freed Voices members William and Kasonga met with […]

#BeyondDetention: Freed Voices & UNHCR Global Detention Strategy

“The truth is that we, the migrants, have become leverage […]

Integration: A debate or a diktat?

 “Right now, there is a big  conversation about  integration in […]

High Court rules asylum-seekers denied justice in detention for 10 years.

  The High Court has today  found that asylum-seekers  were being […]

Of rights and dignity in detention: The new powers under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The Investigatory Powers Act has just become law. How will […]

#Unlocked16 Reflection Special

This article was first published on the Unlocking Detention website. To […]

Two deaths, one week

At Detention Action we were saddened to learn that in one […]

No shirking: hold the government accountable for promises they made to overhaul the UK’s detention system

The people demanded radical change. The Detention Inquiry and the […]

From inside Colnbrook: my drawing is my feeling

Jay has been detained in Colnbrook for 3 months. This […]

Julio y amigos: The impact of detention on the Latin American community in the UK

This piece originally appeared on Unlocking Detention blog as part […]

How detention split me and my brother in half

This year, the Unlocking Detention blog is particularly focusing on […]

Entangled in Harmondsworth

By Silvia Maritati, Advocacy Coordinator at Detention Action. This piece […]

A footnote on Harmondsworth

As told by ‘K’.  Footnotes by Ciara Bottomley of Detention […]

Protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) has published its new […]

Closing Dungavel – a chance to end indefinite detention in Scotland?

This article was originally published by the Justice Gap and […]

Detention and Friendship: Knowing you inside (and) out

This piece originally appeared on Unlocking Detention blog. #Unlocked16 is focussing on […]

A Letter to The Old Me, Before Brook House

This #Unlocked16 piece originally appeared on Unlocking Detention blog. #Unlocked16 is […]

UKLGIG launch new report: No Safe Refuge

UKLGIG have released a vital new report in collaboration with […]

The Verne – an exercise in societal segregation

 In this  #Unlocked16  article, Susannah  Wilcox, Advocacy  Coordinator at  Detention […]

Arresting the mass detention of migrants

In this #Unlocked16 article, Jerome Phelps of Detention Action writes […]

Build Trust, Not Walls

This piece was originally written by Kasonga, a member of […]

New Detention Action report on alternatives: ‘Without Detention’

Detention Action today launches a new report, ‘Without Detention’, highlighting […]

Dungavel detention centre to close

The Home Office has announced plans to close Dungavel Immigration […]

Join us for the launch of our new report: ‘Without Detention: Opportunities for Alternatives’

  WHERE: Amnesty International Human Rights Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, […]

We’re hiring a new Communications Officer – apply now!

We are very pleased to announce that we are recruiting […]

Speaking-out about detention: if you don’t, who will?

Just over two weeks ago, Samphire held their annual conference […]

Freed Voices respond to new HMIP report on Colnbrook

Yesterday saw the release of the latest HMIP report on […]

A new Home Secretary, a new Immigration Minister – a new challenge? What you can do

After the Cabinet reshuffle, we now have a new Home […]

‘Invisible’: a new virtual reality film about detention, feat. Freed Voices

For the last few months, members of the Freed Voices […]

Frontline Update: A Tale of Two Speeches

A few weeks ago (what feels like a different epoch now), […]

Euro 2016 in Colnbrook: Extra time

Providing a backdrop to the tumultuous run-up and result of the […]

The Fast Track is dead

The systematic detention of asylum seekers in the UK has […]

Lords defeat the Government again over detention

The House of Lords has for the second time defeated […]

Immigration Bill offers platform for promised detention reform

The Immigration Bill wasn’t meant to be about detention.  When […]

Judicial Oversight: demand your MP shines a light into one of the darkest corners of the UK detention estate

On Monday 25th April, the Immigration Bill returns to the […]

Hotspots or communities? The future for migrants in Greece

Mandatory detention is the new reality for irregular migrants arriving […]

House of Lords votes in favour of detention reform amendment

Last night the House of Lords voted in favour of […]

Prisons Inspector slams ‘unacceptable’ detention

The Chief Inspector of Prisons has added his voice to […]

Long-term detention hits lowest level since records began

Unnoticed amid the clamour over the slight dip in net […]

The reality of life, and death, in detention

Last night I telephoned members of the Freed Voices group […]

Death at Colnbrook IRC

Very sad news has emerged today of a death at […]

The Detained Fast Track and the inseparability of law and politics

This post was originally written as a follow up to […]

Stephen Shaw’s plea for civilised values in immigration detention

When Home Secretary Theresa May announced another inquiry into detention […]

Home Secretary’s own review finds immigration detention of vulnerable people ‘an affront to civilised values’

Today’s report on welfare in immigration detention by former Prisons Ombudsman Stephen […]

Mapping detention

A few weeks ago, during the fallow days between Christmas […]

Frontline Update: Listen to Freed Voices speech at SOAS

Last night, Michael from the Freed Voices group, delivered a […]

7th January Event feat. Freed Voices: Migration – the Inside Story

Freed Voices members will offering their thoughts, reflections and expertise […]

Thinking Outside the Box: Silvia

This latest ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ piece features Silvia, a long-time Advocacy […]

After the fast track: what next for the detention of asylum seekers?

UK courts have ruled the routine detention of asylum seekers […]

A letter to Colnbrook

This blog post was written by John for Unlocking Detention, […]

Visiting, unlocked – Danae on Colnbrook

This interview was conducted with our Advocacy Co-ordinator, Danae Psilla, for ‘Unlocking […]

The end of the track for the DFT

The Supreme Court has refused the Government permission to appeal […]

Thinking Outside the Box: Danielle

In this latest piece from our ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ series, which […]

Freed Voices: Three Scenes from Campsfield IRC

This piece was written for Unlocking Detention by William, from […]

Harmondsworth: story of those detained within the walls

This article was initially written for the ‘Unlocking Detention’ digital […]

Frontline Update: #Unlocked15 Morton Hall Special – Our Story

To mark the ‘Unlocking Detention’ tour’s visit to Morton Hall […]

#Unlocked15: Four months in Brook House

This piece was written for #Unlocked15 by Yann, a member of the Freed […]

What the Immigration Bill 2015 means for immigration detention

This briefing for the second reading of the 2015 Immigration Bill, […]

Indefinite detention: ‘This is happening on your doorstep’

This was a speech delivered by Souleymane of the Freed […]

Thinking Outside the Box: #Unlocked15 special – Dover IRC

This article is part of our ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ series […]

The Verne IRC: detention on your doorstep

As well as shining a spotlight on the very specific […]

Prison under immigration powers: a plane crash

These piece was written anonymously for #Unlocked15 by a member […]

Solidarity at home and abroad

To move the conversation from ‘charity’ to ‘justice’ we must […]

Indefinite detention? We are in the world of Kafka

Today, the UK’s practice of indefinite immigration detention will come […]

Detention Action wins Liberty Human Rights Campaign of the Year Award!

Detention Action were very humbled, and privileged, to receive the Liberty Human […]

#UnlockTheDebate – send us your vids!

With the first full parliamentary debate on the detention inquiry report due […]

Detention Action nominated for Liberty Human Rights Campaign of the Year award

Detention Action are honored to be shortlisted for the 2015 […]

Thinking Outside the Box: Mary

In the second of our ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ series, which looks […]

10th Sept: Parliamentary Debate on the Detention Inquiry

The debate scheduled for the 10th September 2015 will be […]

#UnlockTheDebate – what would you say in the parliamentary debate on detention?

On the 10th September, the House of Commons will host the first full […]

UN Committee back British Parliamentarians’ call for a time limit

Detention Action welcome the news that parliamentarians have called on […]

Thinking Outside the Box: Meg

In the first of our ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ series, which […]

Further defeat for government over Fast Track asylum process

The Court of Appeal has today dismissed the Lord Chancellor’s […]


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