On World Refugee Day we urge you to read this solidarity statement and join us.
Our hearts go out to the victims and families of the recent tragedy off the coast of Pylos which is thought to be the worst post-war maritime disaster in Greece’s history. We stand in solidarity with people fleeing conflict, violence and unsustainable lives who find themselves at the mercy of people smugglers, forced to take desperate measures due to a failure of European migration policy and a lack of EU solidarity.
The Mediterranean like the English Channel forms one of the most dangerous crossings for those on the move in search of safety and a better life. Many of those who end up in detention prisons such as the Derwentside IRC at Hassockfield will have similarly risked their lives only to be locked up and subject to further state-induced trauma.
We call for safe and legal routes now for all those seeking sanctuary in the UK and across Europe and for an end to the cruel practice of detention.
Below are images from our latest demonstration outside the IRC, when supporters were asked to participate in an action against Mitie (managers of the IRC contracted by the Home Office). This inspirational action was initiated by women who have all endured the traumatice detention process.