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Next meeting:The creeping privatisation of the NHSSpeakers: Dr John Orrell &Naomi Paterson (Kingfisher Campaign) Saturday 3 September 1.30pmColliton Club, DorchesterRight of admission reserved
HELL AT THE VERNE
Britain's Loneliest Migrant Centre Is an Isolated Hell for its DetaineesBy Phil Miller January 13, 2016
An excellent article appeared on the Vice.com website, called “Britain’s Loneliest Migrant Centre is an isolated hell for its detainees”, written by Phil Miller. It describes many of the issues at the Verne Detention Centre. It features the experience of one detainee, David Motsamayi (not his real name), a South African anti-apartheid fighter who is now seeking asylum in the UK. He witnessed an attempted suicide a couple of weeks ago.As a result of revealing his experiences, David was punished by the Verne last week. He was denied internet access, was not allowed to continue with the job he had, and was moved to a different wing. It seems the Verne (presumably with the knowledge of the Home Office) moved swiftly to suppress freedom of speech. The conclusion must be that they were trying to set an example to anyone else who tried to reveal conditions in the detention centre. This seems a real affront to human rights. It must be remembered that detainees are not in the Verne because they have committed any crime – they are there for administrative reasons while the Home Office determines their immigration status (at least that is the official story).I understand that, following a protest by the journalist, the decision to deny internet access has been reversed.David R.http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-verne-britains-lonliest-migrant-detention-centren-923
Egypt’s military courts make a mockery of justice with trials of students and shipyard workers
What you can do:1/. Call on the Egyptian authorities to cease the practice of referring civilians to military courts by writing to the Egyptian embassy in your country 2/. Sign the statement in solidarity with the Alexandria shipyard workers here 3/. Add your name to the statement against death sentences in Egypt here
Students who were forcibly “disappeared” and tortured into false confessions and shipyard workers who protested against attacks on their pay and conditions at work are among the latest civilians to face trial and conviction by Egypt’s military courts.According to Egyptian campaign No Military Trials for Civilians, defendants in case 174/2015, heard at West Cairo Military Felonies Court on 29 May were tortured for long periods into making false confessions which were then broadcast on national television. Eight of the men in the case were sentenced to death following a trial which Amnesty International says was “grossly unfair”, while others received life sentences. Article continues here.
Egyptian trade unionists call on global labour movement to support Alexandria Shipyard workers
Leading Egyptian trade unionists have launched an open letter calling on the global labour movement to mobilise solidarity for the Alexandria Shipyard workers, as the military court postponed the verdict in their trial for a second time until 18 September.
FULL STORY HERE with action you cantake to show solidarity.