A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe.
IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM
28 August: The Children’s Society publishes Not just a temporary fix: The search for durable solutions for separated migrant children. Download the report here.
4 September: One person is seriously injured attempting to escape a fire at an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Hippenheim, Hesse, in Germany. The police are unable to confirm or rule out the possibility of an arson attack, of which there have been a spate in recent weeks. (Die Welt, 4 September 2015)
9 September: The Children’s Commissioner publishes a report Family Friendly? The impact on children of the Family Migration Rules: A review of the financial requirements. Download the report here.
10 September: Two Swedes launch a charity, Refugee Air, to enable refugees to board planes and claim asylum which current sanctions on carriers make it impossible to do. (Guardian, 10 September 2015)
14 September: Theresa May loses two asylum cases at the High Court. In one, compensation is awarded for unlawful detention and in the other the High Court orders that a woman who was deported should be allowed to return to the UK to attend an appeal hearing. (Guardian, 14 September 2015)
15 September: A recently published government document, ‘Syrian refugees: what you can do to help’, advises members of the public to contact Naccom, a charity which says the government was not in touch with them before the guidance was published and nor do they have the infrastructure to cope. (Guardian, 15 September 2015)
15 September: As Hungary’s emergency law suspending fundamental rights to deal with what President Orban calls the ‘Muslim invasion’ comes into effect, hundreds of Hungarian lawyers sign a statement describing the law as unlawful and unjust, and calling on judges and prosecutors to keep their oath by referring cases to the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Justice. (Hungarian Spectrum, 15 September 2015)
16 September: The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman publishes its Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman [Christine Case] in March 2014 at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Download the report here (pdf file, 113kb).
17 September: Atterbell Maplanka, a Zimbabwean father of four, is released from Colnbrook immigration removal centre, having been held for nine days after immigration officers refused to believe his passport was his (Maplanka had lost weight since the photo was taken). (The Argus, 19 September 2015)
19 September: 22-year-old Husham Alzubair, a Sudanese migrant, is buried in Birmingham by his brother three weeks after dying at Calais whilst attempting to reach the UK. (Birmingham Daily Mail, 19 September 2015)
21 September: Police use CS spray on Syrian refugees in Calais, causing many to fall to the ground, with one man appearing to lose consciousness. (Guardian, 22 September 2015)
21 September: A Fox News programme which described Birmingham as a city ‘where non-Muslims just simply don’t go’ breached broadcasting regulations and should have been corrected sooner, media regulator Ofcom rules. (Guardian, 21 September 2015)
POLICING AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
10 September: The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman publishes its Annual Report 2014-15. Download it here (pdf file, 4.4mb)
10 September: The Croydon Advertiser reveals that Devon and Cornwall police will investigate the death of Olaseni Lewis who died after being restrained in 2010 at the Bethlem Royal Hospital. The new investigation will examine whether corporate or gross negligence manslaughter charges should be brought against the Met police or South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. (Croydon Advertiser, 10 September 2015)
11 September: An inquest is told how Adil Habib became ‘limp’ and later died in 2014 after being restrained with pain compliance techniques by four prison officers who suspected him of smuggling drugs into Pentonville prison. (Islington Tribune, 11 September 2015)
11 September: Two out of three London councils (Lambeth and Haringey) trialling Operation Shield, aimed at young people involved in gangs, have refused to carry on with the scheme after community partners rejected it, it is reported. (Guardian, 11 September 2015)
15 September: The father of 24-year-old Nathanial Brophy, who suffered serious injuries after being shot by armed police in Brixton on 21 August during a seven-hour standoff, speaks out about the injuries his son suffered and asks why the police had to shoot him three times. (Guardian, 15 September 2015)
15 September: Luton councillors pass a unanimous vote of no confidence in the Independent Police Complaints Commission for its failure to complete its investigation into the death of Leon Briggs at Luton police station in November 2013. (Luton on Sunday, 19 September 2015)
VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT
11 September: Zack Davies, 26, is sentenced to serve a minimum of 14 years for the attempted murder of dentist Dr Sarandev Bhambra in Mold earlier this year in ‘revenge’ for the murder of Lee Rigby. (Wales Online, 11 September 2015)
16 September: A 19-year-old man is given a thirteenmonth prison sentence for a ‘vicious’racially aggravated assault in Northumberland in February which left two shopkeepers in need of hospital treatment. (Chronicle, 16 September 2015)
19 September: Two students from Asia suffer facial injuries and one suffers a broken jaw in a racially motivated attack near their halls of residence at Sunderland University. One of the students had only been in the country a few days. (Sunderland Echo, 17 September 2015)
19 September: Jamaican-born Annmarie Jones tells reporters how she feared she and her children were going to die after a racially motivated arson attack on her home in Stoke earlier this year. (Stoke Sentinel, 19 September 2015)
20 September: The offices of the left-wing Die Linke party are attacked in the Saxonian town of Freital in Germany, notorious for neo-Nazi activity. No injuries are reported. (The Local, 21 September 2015)
12 September: A police officer is injured as the National Front and other far-right groups march through Dover to the docks and clash with anti-fascists; there are no arrests. (Kent Online, 13 September 2015)
September: Claystone, an independent think-tank, publishes: Building Distrust: Ethnic Profiling in Primary Schools: A critical analysis of the Prevent counter-radicalisation model implemented in primary schools. Download the report here (pdf file, 2.2mb).
15 September: The Bernie Grant Archive held at the Bishopsgate Institute Library offers a number of educational courses based on archive materials. (Londonist, 15 September 2015)
22 September: It is reported that a Muslim schoolboy’s parents are taking legal action against his school in north London after he was taken to an ‘inclusion centre’ and questioned about Islamic State following his participation in a classroom discussion about environmental activism. (Guardian, 22 September 2015)
14 September: Research by Strathclyde University finds that a third of BME people in Scotland have experienced discrimination in the last five years, with 60 per cent not reporting it. (BBC News, 14 September 2015)
17 September: David Anderson Q.C. publishes The Terrorism Acts in 2014: Report of the Independent Reviewer on the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 and Part 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006. Download it here.