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More people die in Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in first six months of 2022 than in the whole of 2021

MORE people have died while housed at Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in the first six months of this year than in the whole of 2021, The Civil Fleet can reveal. Twenty-one people, including two newborn babies, died while being housed by the Home Office between January 1 and June 30 this year, figures in aContinue reading “More people die in Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in first six months of 2022 than in the whole of 2021”

Mediterranean death toll will continue to rise, activists warn after Britain bans refugee rescue ship from sailing

Meanwhile, authorities ignore ResQship’s urgent request for assistance after its sailing ship finds 19 people in distress THE refugee death toll in the central Mediterranean will continue to rise, activists said today after Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) banned a rescue organisation from using one of its ships. German rescue organisation Sea-Watch revealed thisContinue reading “Mediterranean death toll will continue to rise, activists warn after Britain bans refugee rescue ship from sailing”

Britain’s first Rwanda deportation flight grounded due to action in the courts and on the streets

Activists warn the Home Office ‘will work harder than ever to deport more people’ A WAVE of direct action, legal fights and a last minute intervention by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) prevented the British government from carrying out its first deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda last night. When The Civil FleetContinue reading “Britain’s first Rwanda deportation flight grounded due to action in the courts and on the streets”

A ‘dark chapter for refugee rights’ begins as judge rules Britain can banish refugees to Rwanda

Campaigners and lawyers get 24 asylum seekers off of scheduled deportation flight, but at least seven others have not been so lucky A “dark chapter in global refugee rights” has begun, campaigners said today, as the UK’s Court of Appeal rejected a last-ditch legal challenge to stop the government banishing asylum seekers to Rwanda. TheContinue reading “A ‘dark chapter for refugee rights’ begins as judge rules Britain can banish refugees to Rwanda”

131 refugee lives saved as further evidence of Mediterranean pushbacks emerge

Meanwhile, in Britain, campaigners launch legal challenge against government’s ‘medieval-style Rwanda banishment’ plans ACTIVIST rescuers saved a further 131 people in the central Mediterranean today, as more signs of illegal refugee pushbacks were discovered. The activist-run Ocean Viking rescue ship carried out what it described as a difficult operation in three-metre high waves in theContinue reading “131 refugee lives saved as further evidence of Mediterranean pushbacks emerge”

Activists celebrate ‘stunning victory’ after UK Home Office drops refugee pushback plans

ACTIVISTS celebrated “a stunning victory” today after Britain‘s Home Secretary Priti Patel abandoned her controversial plans to push refugees crossing the Channel back to France. Care4Calais, Channel Rescue, Freedom from Torture and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union brought legal challenges against the Home Office last year opposing its proposed policy of turning backContinue reading “Activists celebrate ‘stunning victory’ after UK Home Office drops refugee pushback plans”

19 people died in Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in 2021

Close to two people died on average per month while in the Home Office’s care last year, figures provided in a freedom of information request show AT LEAST 19 people, including a two-year-old boy, died inside Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in 2021, The Civil Fleet can reveal.  Sixteen men and three women died at HomeContinue reading “19 people died in Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in 2021”

Christian crowdfunding website pulls far-right influencer’s ‘migrant hunter boat’ campaign following questions

A CHRISTIAN crowdfunding website has deleted a British far-right influencer’s campaign to raise funds for a “migrant hunter boat” following questions about its appropriateness. Alan Leggett, a YouTuber who goes by Active Patriot, launched his “Migrant Hunter baot [sic]” campaign on Tuesday on GiveSendGo, which describes itself as the “#1 free Christian crowdfunding site,” “aContinue reading “Christian crowdfunding website pulls far-right influencer’s ‘migrant hunter boat’ campaign following questions”

Tactical police unit tear gasses housing activists and refugees from an empty tower block in Calais

AN ELITE tactical unit of the French police launched a rooftop raid on an empty residential tower building in Calais today, using stun grenades to clear out activists who had been providing shelter for refugees this past week. In scenes resembling Holywood cinema or the Grand Theft Auto video game series, the Search, Assistance, InterventionContinue reading “Tactical police unit tear gasses housing activists and refugees from an empty tower block in Calais”

Channel Rescue launches legal action against British Home Secretary’s plans to push refugees back to France

At least 30 people drown in the Channel today in an ‘macabre coincidence’ with the group’s announcement AN ACTIVIST group is to take British Home Secretary Priti Patel to court over her plans to have the UK Border Force push refugee boats in the Channel back to France. Channel Rescue, a grassroots human rights monitoringContinue reading “Channel Rescue launches legal action against British Home Secretary’s plans to push refugees back to France”