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(en) UK, Oppose the Opening of Oakington Detention Centre

From John O <ncadc@ncadc.demon.co.uk>
Date Wed, 1 Mar 2000 16:41:31 -0500


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National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (NCADC)
110 Hamstead  Road
Birmingham B20 2QS
Phone: 0121-554-6947  Fax:  0870-055-4570
E-mail ncadc@ncadc.demon.co.uk
Web site:  http://www.ncadc.demon.co.uk/

Demonstration to  Oppose the Opening of Oakington Detention Centre

I.00pm Saturday 11 March 2000
Parkers Piece
Cambridge City Centre

      Cambridgeshire Against Refugee Detention


      Refugees are not criminals-So why lock them up?

      At any one time, up to 1000 asylum-seekers are imprisoned in Britain.

On Monday 20th March 2000, a new detention centre will open in 
Oakington, at an old army barracks just north of Cambridge. This 
centre will initially hold up to 400 more people. These will be 
individuals who are not suspected of having committed any crimes, and 
will include women and young children.

      The centre will operate like a prison.

Detainees will not be able to leave the site or move between 
buildings on the site unless escorted by security guards. There will 
be constant surveillance through CCTV cameras, a 24hour gatehouse, 
and regular patrols around the centre. The accommodation blocks will 
be surrounded by high fences. The Home Office has refused to allow 
refugee families to use the houses already on the site on the pretext 
that they are too "comfortable". Large accommodation blocks will be 
used instead.

     The Home Office claims that the purpose of this centre is to 
allow 'Fasttracking" of asylum claims in under ten days. Past 
experience has shown this is highly unrealistic: the average length 
of time for a claim to be processed has been 18 months, and there is 
a large backlog of undecided claims due to Home Office inefficiency. 
It is quite likely that innocent refugees will be imprisoned for long 
periods at Oakington, or else deported without proper consideration.

The centre will be run by a private company, Group 4, for profit. 
Group 4 and the Home Office have already been sternly criticised in 
reports by the Chief Inspector of Prisons following visits to refugee 
detentions centres/prisons at Campsfield (Oxfordshire), Tinsley House 
(Gatwick) and Rochester detention/prison.

To oppose the opening of this centre, please join our protest:

Contact: Cambridgeshire Against Refugee Detention (CARD) tel: 01223-462187

For transport from London ring:

Zrinka Bralo 0171-701-5197

John Stewart 0171-740-6912

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National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (NCADC)

110 Hamstead  Road

Birmingham B20 2QS

Phone: 0121-554-6947  Fax:  0870-055-4570

E-mail ncadc@ncadc.demon.co.uk  

Web site:  http://www.ncadc.demon.co.uk/


<bold>Demonstration to  Oppose the Opening of Oakington Detention
Centre


I.00pm Saturday 11 March 2000

Parkers Piece

Cambridge City Centre


     Cambridgeshire Against Refugee Detention  



</bold>     Refugees are not criminals-So why lock them up?


     At any one time, up to 1000 asylum-seekers are imprisoned in
Britain. 


On Monday 20th March 2000, a new detention centre will open in
Oakington, at an old army barracks just north of Cambridge. This centre
will initially hold up to 400 more people. These will be individuals
who are not suspected of having committed any crimes, and will include
women and young children. 


     The centre will operate like a prison. 


Detainees will not be able to leave the site or move between buildings
on the site unless escorted by security guards. There will be constant
surveillance through CCTV cameras, a 24hour gatehouse, and regular
patrols around the centre. The accommodation blocks will be surrounded
by high fences. The Home Office has refused to allow refugee families
to use the houses already on the site on the pretext that they are too
"comfortable". Large accommodation blocks will be used instead. 


    The Home Office claims that the purpose of this centre is to allow
'Fasttracking" of asylum claims in under ten days. Past experience has
shown this is highly unrealistic: the average length of time for a
claim to be processed has been 18 months, and there is a large backlog
of undecided claims due to Home Office inefficiency. It is quite likely
that innocent refugees will be imprisoned for long periods at
Oakington, or else deported without proper consideration. 


The centre will be run by a private company, Group 4, for profit. Group
4 and the Home Office have already been sternly criticised in reports
by the Chief Inspector of Prisons following visits to refugee
detentions centres/prisons at Campsfield (Oxfordshire), Tinsley House
(Gatwick) and Rochester detention/prison. 


To oppose the opening of this centre, please join our protest: 


Contact: Cambridgeshire Against Refugee Detention (CARD) tel:
01223-462187


For transport from London ring:


Zrinka Bralo 0171-701-5197


John Stewart 0171-740-6912

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