Join the call for detention reform – Oct ’10

Join the call for detention reform – a statement for detention reform and a briefing paper

In June 2010, 28 organisations across the UK signed the letter to Damian Green and Theresa May calling for detention reform.  Now having received a reply from UKBA, AVID, GDWG and LDSG are inviting more organisations to join this movement as they gear up towards parliamentary lobbying from September onwards.  Further information about a parliamentary action will be announced shortly, once all the details will have been confirmed. 

If your organisation did not sign the letter but wants to support this initiative, here’s a statement that you can add your name to.  If you are interested, please contact asylumrights(at) 

If you are writing to your local MPs or other parliamentarians about this initiative, you might find it useful to send this short briefing paper alongside your own letter.  AVID, GDWG and LDSG encourage you to adapt the briefing with your own evidence and information.  If you do send this briefing paper and/or get any replies, please contact asylumrihts(at) for monitoring purposes.   

If you have any questions about the initiative, please do feel free to contact Ali McGinley ( ), Nic Eadie ( ) or Jerome Phelps ( ). 

Last updated 18 October 2010

NEWS (17 Oct ’10) – We are very delighted to hear that The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt, Bishop of Winchester is now supporting the statement. 

NEWS (3 Oct ’10) – Southampton and Winchester Visitors’ Group is now supporting the statement too. 

NEWS (30 Sep ’10) – Cambridge Migrant Solidarity , Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, African Peoples Advocacy have announced that they support the statement calling for detention reform.

NEWS (9th Sep ’10) – Kent Refugee Help has just added their name to the list of organisations supporting the statement.   They said “We support the letter to Damien Green Minister for Immigration as we have witnessed firsthand through our casework with detained migrants,
the detrimental and long lasting effects of detention on their lives.”.