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Obama’s Real Legacy at Guantánamo

As Barack Obama’s second term as US president comes to an end, much has been said and written about his achievements, or in the case of the Guantánamo Bay prison … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pale Shelter: Refugees in the UK

In November and December 2014, French NGO Secours Catholique (Caritas France) carried out a number of interviews with residents in the “Jungle”* in Calais, France; 54 interviews were collated in … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Europe Turns the Screws on Former Guantánamo Prisoners

The US-run detention centre for “war on terror” prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is truly a collaborative effort; dozens of states worldwide assisted the US in the arrest, detention, torture or … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chaos in Chios: A “Hotspot” of Bother

Refugees Welcome? The year 2015 saw a record 65 million people displaced worldwide. Other records were broken as over one million people fled to Europe by sea, coupled with a … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Significant Blow to Deportation with Assurances

Some things only look better on paper. Take, for example, diplomatic assurances not to torture deported terrorism suspects, given by states that are already bound not to torture as signatories … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Interpreters and Detainee Welfare in Immigration Removal Centres (I)

On any given day of the year, around 3000 foreign national men, women and children are locked up in immigration detention facilities across the UK. In spite of the punitive … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

The London Guantánamo Campaign: The Bush Years (2006-2009)

This is the story of how ordinary everyday people make a difference to the world around them. I set up the London Guantánamo Campaign (LGC) in 2006 with the family … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · Leave a comment