Dear IRR News subscriber,
It is nearly a month since the Conservative election victory, and already the dangers for universal justice are becoming apparent. In the last IRR News bulletin – where we introduced the first of a three-part series on the threats to civil liberties in the UK – Frances Webber examined the reality of One Nation Conservatism in the context of proposals (now on hold) to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. In the second in this series she examines the immigration proposals contained in last week’s Queen’s speech. As the UK’s political leaders turn their backs on those desperate to reach its shores, they, at the same time, plan to intensify the criminalisation and demonisation of those within the UK who fall foul of increasingly stringent immigration and asylum laws. This latest ‘crackdown’ on ‘illegal immigration’ extends powers to be used against the undocumented – no doubt adding to the growing evidence that justice is available for some, and denied to others.
Reem Abu-Hayyeh reports on a demonstration last weekend, where hundreds gathered outside the Daily Mail’s headquarters to protest against their coverage of the Victorino Chua case, and in solidarity with Filipino healthcare workers. And finally, our regular calendar of racism and resistance, a fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlights key events in the UK and Europe.
IRR News team