Family speaks out in trial over death of Croydon riots prisoner

James Best
James Best

source: Wandsworth Guardian
published: 1 December 2015

Two NHS trusts breached the human rights of a Croydon man who died in prison weeks after being arrested for stealing gingerbread from a looted bakery during the 2011 riots, the High Court heard.

St George’s Healthcare and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) failed to urgently treat James Best after he suffered a heart attack at HMP Wandsworth four years ago, his family claim. The 37-year-old died in his cell on September 8, 2011 while awaiting sentencing for the theft.

His foster mother and brother launched legal action after learning of delays in his treatment at an inquest into his death at Westminster Coroner’s Court in 2013.

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Europe must act now on refugee deaths crisis

Refugee & Iron Wire Fencesource: IRR News
published: 5 November 2015

As borders become militarised zones, and internal policing of refugees and migrants intensifies, the IRR continues to monitor asylum and migration- related deaths.

Across Europe the humanitarian crisis continues as refugees continue to flee war-torn countries such as Syria. Front-line volunteers, who have witnessed the suffering first-hand over the summer and autumn, have now sent an open letter to the governments of Europe, giving ‘advance notice to all of you, the leaders of Europe, that people will be freezing to death soon on our borders if you do not act now’.

European film-makers and film professionals have joined the call, stressing that, ‘The guilt doesn’t just lie with the traffickers: Europe cannot deny its share of responsibility’.

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Are criminal justice reforms and immigration policy at odds?

Asylum & Refugee: Adultsource: Huff Post 
published: 22 October 2015

The Department of Justice recently announced a decision to release 6,000 people from federal prison. As part of that announcement, agency officials noted that 1/3 of the people released are immigrants who will be quickly deported.

There is a clear and troubling pattern where policy reforms in the criminal justice system do not extend to immigrants in the criminal justice or immigration enforcement systems. The glaring question is: why not?

Whether because of the human or monetary costs, lack of effectiveness, or the clear bias that runs rampant, there is a re-examination occurring of the War on Drugs and the mass incarceration system.

Reforms in these domains, however, are not being considered in the immigration enforcement system; in fact, the trend is going in the opposite direction.

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Asylum is not gender neutral: the crisis in Europe from a feminist perspective

Credit: CY Film Production - War Matters
Credit: CY Film Production – War Matters

source: European Women’s Lobby
published: 21 September 2015

[Brussels, 21 September 2015] Today is International Day of Peace. However, the persistence of war and conflicts globally urges us to redefine sustainable peace as the presence of human security, justice and equality, rather than the absence of war.

Europe has to face the consequences of war and conflicts in other parts of the world, and has a duty to act, not only in terms of addressing the situation of refugees and asylum seekers reaching European countries, but also to promote real peace and security for all on this planet.

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