The look of respect

“I didn’t like the dynamics of them being against the wall again and me, with my massive camera, subjecting them to my gaze.” Nana Varveropoulou, the Guardian. Before the big story broke (in Europe) of millions of people displaced from their homes, trudging towards countries where the rule of law, democracy and human rights are mostly upheld; Before the terrible …

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One World Leeds magazine – winter 2013/14 edition

One World Leeds Magazine – Winter 2013-14 Challenging negative perceptions of refugees The new Immigration Bill – tip of the iceberg An asylum seeker is shattered but steadfast A journey into Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre English at Home – a formula for integration Inertia in Odyssey (a poem) Sports and leisure

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Detained indefinitely

I’ve never been locked up or held against my will, but today I will be visiting people who are locked up without limit. Under the Terrorism Act the police can hold suspected terrorists without charge for up to 14 days. The people I’m visiting are also held without charge under UK/European immigration detention legislation. I’m visiting two women who have …

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Female Asylum Seekers Failed by the UKBA

Over the past few days, we’ve seen a huge amount of media coverage of Women for Refugee Women’s brilliant report detailing the UKBA and Home Office’s failure to support and protect women seeking asylum in the UK. The reported revealed that 74% of women seeking asylum in the UK are refused at first decision, despite the fact that 50% of …

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