"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Sunday 13 October 2013

More Sunday links

Another review of 'Fresh off the Boat'. Hope to see this continue its run!

For a public inquiry into Yarl's Wood.


By law the ‘burden of proof’ in the asylum & immigration system means they are guilty until proven innocent. The women in Yarl’s Wood have between them successfully escaped every kind of abuse and violence that women commonly face around the world – rape, sexual abuse, forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, anti-gay persecution. It is known that violence against women and girls is common worldwide. Yet their claims are routinely disbelieved, and their credibility attacked. Is it any surprise that they be targeted for sexual abuse by guards in detention? The sexual abuse and its cover-up that was publicly exposed by The Observer (14/09/13) are the inevitable products of this regime.

The public exposure of sexual abuse has come about because of the strength of a detainee who refused to be silent. There are many more ready to follow.

Sexual abuse allegations corroborated at Yarl's Wood immigration centre :

Via https://twitter.com/followMFJ

https://twitter.com/chris8tine :
Explosions hit central #Damascus by my husband's house yet UKBA still refuse visa - bring him home @WilliamJHague!

Christine and Ziad :

UK blocking woman's Syrian husband from joining her :

https://twitter.com/CivicLeicester :
Can I have my grandma back? Tanya 6 writes to @David_Cameron http://on.fb.me/19JF4nX


Indian student denied entry for want of £20.


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