Category Archives: legal solidarity

Proving Torture – 29 June, 19:00

What is Torture?
This is not a rhetorical question.
Asylum decisions depend on how torture is defined.
But definitions seem to be much more flexible than what you would imagine. As policies change, words change too.

Come to the Brighton launch of the Freedom from Torture report on ‘Proving Torture – the Asylum Maze’ to learn more about the current asylum policies and methods and their effects.

6.30 for 7.00pm start
Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton BN1 1EA

The event is jointly organised by MARS and the Brighton & Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters


Freedom from Torture – Brighton branch


Brighton & Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters Group meet regularly to organise local events fundraising for Freedom for Torture and raising awareness of its work and issues around torture in general. We have organised a musical evening, a singing ‘busk’ in Brighton’s Open Market and are planning more events, from tea-and-cake get-togethers to film nights and discussions.

Brighton & Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters Group:
Twitter: @FfTBrighton

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Post-Brexit advice for EU nationals and workers

For the most complete and up-to-date information on this topic check the article Brexit: What should EEA and EU nationals and their family members do now? by the The Free Movement immigration law blog.

The Brexit vote has made all EU citizens, migrants in the UK wonder about their future status in the country. Below is some first basic information.

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Right to Remain – resources and activism on migration justice

Right to Remain is a UK-based human rights organisation working on migration justice.  Key areas of its work are:
– information and resources to groups and individuals on working to establish the right to remain and campaigning for migration justice.
– capacity-building training, workshops and meetings with grass-roots groups and networks.
– exposing the human impact of unjust immigration laws and policies, and we advocate for positive change.

Visit their website which is full of up-to-date information with:
– News
– Immigration and asylum legal advisors
– Details of immigration detention centres in the UK.
– Info and resources for researching country of origin information for asylum applications.
– a blog of legal resources for non-lawyers. With explanation of important legal developments in immigration, asylum and human rights law, and links to further resources.

Bail for Immigration Detainees – fundraising

We have been asked by BID to circulate its fundraising call which we support. Also note at the end of the text the call for collaborations with postgraduate researchers and volunteers.

Immigration detention is the only form of detention in the UK without limits. The government doesn’t have to get a judge’s permission to detain someone. There is no time limit on detention. People can be detained for six months, a year, two years or even longer. Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government.

What many people don’t know is that many of those detained had already lived in the UK for many years. Some have never known any other home, and have husbands and wives, sons and daughters, jobs, homes, lives right here in Britain.  Decisions to detain pay no heed to the impact of such a decision on the wider family.  Parents are removed without warning from the heart of the family.

Last year, Bail for Immigration Detainees‘ (BID)  Separated Families project reunited 110 families who had been torn apart by immigration detention. Those families represent just a handful of the hundreds – maybe thousands – of parents who have been detained away from their children.

The Separated Families project, like all BID’s work, relies solely on donations. BID receives no government funding and doesn’t charge its clients, who, without BID, may never have any legal advice to help them challenge their detention. BID has launched a crowd funding appeal on CrowdJustice. Dozens of parents each year depend on BID to help them get back to their families, and BID relies on donations to fund that work.

For more details on BID’s Separated Families Project or to donate to the appeal visit

BID is always very keen to engage with postgraduate students for research and volunteering. Please email for further information and to register interest.

Mustafa Y v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

Saturday 25th June at 4.30 pm in The Old Courtroom

‘Do you know what it feels like to witness an asylum trial?
Do you know what happens, how decisions are made, and who makes  them?’

Come to The Old Courtroom, located in the heart of Brighton, right next to Café Côte in Church Street, and find out!

Mustafa Y is a Palestinian who is fleeing an UNRWA refugee camp in Lebanon. In 2007, he applied for asylum in the UK. 
His case is still pending.
This will be his 5th appeal.
This free event, using a real and ongoing court case, has been created by Janina Moninska, a British actor, theatre practitioner and director, who has spent the last five years doing PhD research on Live Art and Refugees at the University of Brighton.

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Legal solidarity to ‘returnees’

On 4 April the European Union started forcibly evicting en masse refugees from the Greek islands to Turkey, which it has designated as a ‘safe country’. The EU calls these ‘returns’. The United Nations has called them illegal.

A website has been set up, Returnwatch, as an accessible and practical tool for people after having been forcibly returned to Turkey. It seeks to connect ‘returnees’ with lawyers and human rights NGOs in Turkey, as well as to document the procedures implemented by Turkish authorities. The website is also for third country nationals who will be deported from other EU members states to Turkey after the 1st of June 2016.

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