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Immigration detention is not the answer, for anyone.

People are detained without a time limit, for months, sometimes even years.

It is harmful and expensive. It robs people of their dignity, spirit and lives.

This can’t go on.

We are working towards an immigration system that is based on humanity, compassion and fairness.

To begin this process of change and to reduce detention, we are calling for:

Community-based alternatives to detention that respect rights can minimise the use of detention, reducing costs and helping people to live with dignity in the community while going through the immigration process.


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Campsfield House holds an annual carol service with guests invited from outside. We've just heard it has been cancelled. A sign of the centre winding down. Detainees have been given letters saying that they may be transferred to another centre.

Look out for part 2 on the history and closure of Campsfield from @CloseCampsfield on 21 November #Unlocked18

The 'Campsfield Nine' were among 13 charged with riot after protests in August 1997. Charges against 4 were dropped before the trial, where the defence discredited Group4 witnesses' testimonies. The trial collapsed; eventually the 9 were freed https://t.co/eSgInB9zDj #Unlocked18

We presented Dame Caroline Spelman MP with the Detention Forum Champion Award last week. A panelist on the 2014 Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention, she has called for indefinite detention to end & protection for vulnerable people https://t.co/sWFPj1uXPF #Unlocked18

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