Civil Society organisations and Community Campaigners to demonstrate outside Dungavel Removal Centre

May 29th 2015

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), along with a range of religious organisations and community campaigners, will hold a demonstration outside the Dungavel Removal Centre on Saturday 30th May to call for an end to detention in the immigration system

Speaking ahead of the Dungavel demonstration Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

“Detention is a blight on our immigration system. Detainees can be held for an indefinite period, with some being held for months and even years. The effect of indefinite detention on the people in the system is severe, with many suffering from mental health issues as a result of how the system works.

“We are holding this demonstration to shine a light on the plight to people being held in detention centres across the UK, and it should not be forgotten that children are still held in detention centres outside of Scotland.

“We also renew our demand to the Home Office to allow us to visit detainees together to hear at first hand of any difficulties they are facing and to provide such support for them as we are able to give.”

Speaking at the demonstration, STUC President, Lawrence Wason will say:

“We want to see an end to detention. We want to see a different, more humane immigration system, and we want to see the UK living up to its global responsibilities and providing safe haven for those who need it.

“The people behind these walls are not a threat to our country. They are just people looking for a better life. We can have an asylum system without the need for detention.”

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Notes to Editors:

The demonstration will take place at 12 noon outside the Dungavel Removal Centre

There will be a visual element to the demonstration where messages of support are placed on the barbed wire perimeter fence.

Speakers at the demonstration include:

Lawrence Wason, STUC President

Ellen Charlton, Chair of Justice and Peace Scotland

Sally Foster Fulton, Church of Scotland

Dr Salah Beltagui, Muslim Council of Scotland

Scottish Refugee Council (name TBC)

Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees (name TBC)

Amal Azzudin, Glasgow Girl Aamer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer

Pinar Aksu, Former Detainee/ Community Activist

For further information contact Dave Moxham 0141 337 8100 dmoxham@stuc.org.uk

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