[ 30. May 2001 ]

Noborder camp at Campsfield House, UK - One World, No Borders

Protest camp going on at Campsfield House, UK since 26th May 2001


There are protests happening every day. Following the May demonstration at Campsfield, a protest camp at Campsfield was launched. Every evening campers have been round the back of the detention centre, talking with detainees through the fence.

15th June 2001
All pretty quiet over the last few days but the camp is still there. If anyone can get down there this weekend they"d be very welcome, to keep the numbers up. The gate has been sprayed (again) and Group 4 have been round in the evenings filming everyone (again).

12th June 2001
The camp is getting noticed. It was raided by police officers about a week ago, and yesterday there were two arrests. It"s still going though and keen for more people.

On Sunday 27th May, demonstrators managed to cut through the outside fence and paint FREEDOM on a wall where detainees can see it. The following morning people climbed onto the roof of the building there and waved banners to the detainees. The protest camp invites more people to join in as they want to keep the camp going.
See for details.

What is Campsfield and why close it?
Campsfield House is an Immigration Detention Centre at Kidlington, six miles from Oxford. It is a prison run for private profit by Group 4, supervised by Home Office immigration officials. It used to be a youth detention centre, but it re-opened as an Immigration Detention Centre in November 1993. The local parish council was opposed to it, but their wishes were overruled by the Home Office. There are 200 detainees in Campsfield House. Most are political refugees fleeing danger, torture and even death from countries such as Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana, Turkey, India and Zaire. They are held without charge, without time limit, without proper reasons given, and without proper access to legal representation. Amnesty International report that these are breaches of internationally recognised human rights.

The former Chief Inspector of HM Inspectorate of Prisons (Judge Stephen Tumim) and The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture have condemned conditions at Campsfield House. Detainees at Campsfield `House" are held behind a twenty-foot high razor-wire topped fence. Throughout the centre there are surveillance cameras, and friends and relatives wishing to visit detainees are searched before passing through five separate remote-controlled doors. There is an intrusive tannoy announcement system which can be heard everywhere, including the shared cell-bedrooms. Campsfield House operates as a high-security prison.

The Campaign to Close Campsfield is supported by refugee organisations, trades unions, political parties, student organisations and religious groups. On the webpage you can read why Campsfield must be closed, what the campaign is doing to get it closed, and how you can join.

Aims of the Campaign to Close Campsfield
- Close Campsfield, other detention centres, and detention wings in prisons
- Stop immigration detentions and imprisonment
- Stop racist deportations
- Repeal immigration laws which reinforce racism

Some Dates of the Campaign to Close Campsfield:
30th June 2001 - Harmondsworth Mass Protest 7th July 2001 - Immigration Control: Do you know what you are talking about?
18th to 22nd July 2001 - Anti-capitalist G8 Campsfield Action
Monthly Demonstrations outside Campsfield on the last Saturday of every month.

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