Tueday 24 May 2022
PRESS RELEASE: PCS union, Care4Calais, and refugee rights campaigners protest to launch campaign against offshore detention in Rwanda
TOMORROW â Wed 25 May â outside the Brighton Centre â 8.30am
Mark Serwotka, leader of PCS, the civil service union, and refugee rights campaigners from Care4Calais and Stand Up To Racism are set to protest together outside the PCS unionâs conference in Brighton on Wednesday 25 May morning to launch a campaign against the governmentâs plans for offshore detention in Rwanda.
The protest will highlight anti racist opposition to the governmentâs Nationality and Borders Act which threatens the nationality rights of 6 million people and the âRwanda Planâ to offshore asylum seekers. The PCS and Care4Calais recently jointly won a legal challenge against Priti Patelâs plans for dangerous channel âpush backsâ of refugee boats.
The PCS general secretary will gather with delegates and refugee rights campaigners outside the Brighton Centre at 8.30am on Wednesday, around a simulation of one of the flimsy dinghies that have been used by refugees to make the dangerous channel crossing in recent months.
Care4Calais and Stand Up To Racism are also organising a major bloc on the TUCâs upcoming âWe demand betterâ protest in London on Saturday 18 June.
Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said
âIt appears this government have learned nothing from the Windrush scandal, among others. Our members are sick of clearing up the mess resulting from ministerial incompetence. PCS is not prepared to countenance our members being put in potentially dangerous and traumatic situations, where they may be asked to act illegally and be liable to prosecution.
âPCS is determined to work for a more humane environment on asylum and immigration. This would give our members the time, space and resources that they need to carry out their jobs properly and would improve the experience of refugees. This latest judicial review application is key to that endeavour.â
Clare Moseley, Care4Calais CEO, said
Diane Abbott MP said
Weyman Bennett, co convenor Stand Up To Racism, said
âThe PCS and Care4Calais did brilliantly in their joint legal challenge against Priti Patelâs horrifying âpushbacksâ in the Channel that would undoubtedly lead to more needless deaths.
âClause 9 of the Nationality and Borders Act threatens the citizenship of some 6 million people in Britain. The actâs assertion of a two tier system defines anyone arriving via âillegalâ routes â the vast majority â as undeserving refugees and removes their right to asylum. The Act represents a step change in racist borders policy, and a full scale assault. As many charities and organisations have pointed out, it is in breach of international human rights law.
âThatâs why Stand Up To Racism is joining PCS and Care4Calais in challenging the unthinkabley cruel, callous and deeply ideological plans for offshore detention in Rwanda, and why we are intensifying our fight and organising the wider anti racist movement across Britain to scrap the Nationality and Borders Act.
âOne year one from the magnificent mass action in Pollokshields, Kenmure Street, we have seen similar mass actions in Edinburgh and Hackney. We are organising to prepare in every area for this kind of response to the Home Office and its attacks on out neighbours.â