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11th May 2013: please use our social share links at the very top of this email to get the word out.

Jackie demonstrates at Lunar House for the Yarlswood women
Putting the UKBA on trial for the murder of Ugandan lesbian, Jackie Nanyonjo and for the torturous asylum process
Hearing live testimony from asylum seekers, refugees and ex-detainees to reach a verdict and proposals for change 

Sunday 19th May 2pm

University of London Union (ULU)

room3B, (Malet Street WC1E 7HY) 

(nearest tubes are Russell Sq and Goodge street)


SIGN Petition demanding that the Home Affairs Select Committee on Asylum - OPEN UP their hearings to Asylum seekers & refugees both inside detention & out


In April 2013 it was announced that there would be a Home Affairs Select Committee (Committee) held specifically on Asylum. Our submission to that Committee starts with the words...

"When Home Secretary Theresa May announced her plan to shut down the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Members of Movement for Justice Means Necessary celebrated this victory. At the same time, our happiness in seeing the demise of the corrupt, torturous and racist UKBA is tempered by our fears that the Government's plan to create a new asylum and immigration system will do nothing to address the well documented failings of the UKBA or, worse yet, will simply exacerbate and worsen the human rights violations and inhumane treatment that asylum seekers face in Britain now"


Our first proposal to the Committee is that they "Give asylum seekers, refugees and their supporters a voice in creating a new, rational, fair and streamlined asylum system." What does this mean? It means hearing directly from and listening carefully to the thousands of asylum seekers and refugees, inside detention and out - DIRECTLY about their experiences and demands.


That is why Movement for Justice has taken the initiative in holding these hearings; When we continue to hold these hearings independently the Committee will find little option but to open up their own hearings. We must hold these hearings ourselves in every community up and down the country - expose the truth, time and time again. Shout the truth so loudly that the walls of Yalrswood, Colnbrook, Dover and so many other Detention Centres tremble before a movement that can see them swept aside. At this turning point moment in history when so much can change for the better, it is critical for us to build the movement and fight on an independent basis.


That is our task, our duty our historic role - for years now we have been chanting on demonstrations "UKBA - SHUT IT DOWN" - well, WE'VE WON THAT - now we need to make sure its Razed to the ground and built anew on the basis of the truth of the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in Britain.


This hearing is to look primarily at one case, one person but someone who represents hundreds; Jackie Nanyonjo, Member of Movement for Justice, Ugandan lesbian and Freedom Fighter who was killed by the UKBA. The hearing will hear evidence of the brutality she faced, but also of the outrageous farcical decisions and judgements that time and time again are denying lesbian sexuality.


At the hearing you will hear some of the comments made by the judge and decision makers in Jackie's case, asking her to 'prove' her sexuality. Decisions and judgements that are usually shrouded in secrecy - because as far as the UKBA are concerned, no one knows when the person gets deported, right?


WRONG - Because Jackie was a member of Movement for Justice, a movement that is on its feet and in the face of the UKBA, its supporters, its judges, its politicians - WE REFUSE TO LET THE TRUTH GO UNTOLD - we rip to shreds their shrouds of secrecy that allow them to deport our friends, our lovers, our partners, our mothers, our fathers, our children, our co-workers our neighbours.


That is he task of this hearing, to shine the brightest light of truth on a system for whom casual racism, sexism, homophobia and brutality are an every day norm. Movement for Justice will put the evidence before you and propose a verdict on the UKBA - but the vote and the decision is yours.

Sign on to the MFJ's 7 Proposals to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Asylum

The only way to fix the current completely broken asylum process is to junk every aspect of it and create a new system from scratch. There is no 'reforming,' 'tweaking,' or 'administrative recalibrating' of the current system that can fix any of the problems caused by the UKBA's methods and policies. In our experience, the overwhelming majority of asylum seekers - especially those held in detention centres - feel that they are being victimised, criminalised, abused and degraded simply because they ask Britain to provide them shelter.  No one deserves to be put through hell for trying to stay alive.

The seven proposals MFJ is presenting to you are the only humane, fair, efficient and viable solutions needed to create a viable asylum system in line with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' guidelines and principles. Our proposals are based on the vast experience we have had with the asylum system and the most current research done in this area, which underscores our own findings.




Our 7 Proposals:

  1. Give asylum seekers, refugees and their supporters a voice in creating a new, rational, fair and streamlined asylum system.
  2. MFJ Supports providing asylum seekers and refugees with full housing and benefits support afforded to everyone else in Britain
  3. End the use of Detained Fast Track for asylum seekers.
  4. To streamline the asylum process, hold all Initial Screening Interviews after the asylum seeker is appraised of what the criteria for asylum are and is given an opportunity to prepare his/her Case.
  5. Detention Centres must not be used to warehouse asylum seekers. Release all asylum seekers held in detention for more than one week.  Exempt all women and children from Detention.
  6. Grant asylum seekers from Commonwealth countries the same right to be in Britain as European Union immigrants. End the deals and backlog of cases
  7. Grant asylum to all those with unresolved asylum claims which are more than two years old


Medly of MFJ pictures

Movement for Justice...


We march today, we march tomorrow, and we keep marching to build a new Britain: diverse, integrated and equal. We aim to win. We tell the truth about racism, sexism and anti-gay bigotry and the growing inequalities within our society. We believe that every human being is entitled to a job, to education, to food, shelter and the other necessities of life, so that every one of us can live in dignity, proud to be who we are, encouraged and able to fulfill our hopes and aspirations.


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