Oppressing the stranger – another death in UK detention

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

René Cassin’s Campaigns and Programmes Manager, Sam Grant writes in Jewish News Online:

This week a man died in a UK Immigration Detention Centre. He leaves his partner and a baby born on the day of his death behind. It is the third death in UK immigration detention in five weeks. Since 2000, 39 people have died in or just after being released from detention centres.

Indefinite detention is one of the clearest examples of UK Government policy oppressing the stranger. There are community-based alternatives that can enable migrants to engage with immigration procedures while remaining connected to their families, friends and support in the community.

The promised reforms need to arrive quickly or it is unlikely that the man who took his own life on the day his child was born will be the last tragic death in UK detention.

Read Sam’s full blog in Jewish News Online