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                                                    News & Views - Monday 1st April to to Sunday 7th April 2013

19th Death From Immigration Detention

I am one of Colnbrook Detainee (Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, London UK) and I would like to inform you that two days ago a Pakistani national detainee died with the Cardio condition.

Everyone in the Colnbrook received that extremely stressful news yesterday so none of detainee eats any food at the dinner time today. All in Alfa and Bravo Units detainees would like to continue the hunger strike until that matter been address by someone independent authority and raised by the news agencies like your-self.

His name was Mr Khalid Shahzad and he was in the same Bravo unit in the Colnbrook as I am. Doctors referred to Mr Shahzad to the coronary angiogram and he went through with that process and eventually because of stress and extremely unhealthy food he died two days ago. However Colnbrook doctors give directions to his possible condition can be fatal to the immigrations (UKBA) therefore immigration released Mr Shahzad and he died within 2 hours of his released.

I would like to take this opportunity and begging you to please come and speak with the detainees in the Alfa and Bravo units in the Colnbrook detention centre and make sure that these inhuman proceedings do not carry on in the United Kingdom. Thanks for your help in advance for your anticipation.

Detainee in the Colnbrook

(It has been confirmed that Mr. Shahzad, was discharged from Colnbrook IRC as medically unfit to remain in detention on Sunday 30th March.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "At around 7.10pm on 30 March we were called following reports of a person having been taken ill on a train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly. Officers attended, alongside paramedics from North West Ambulance Service and discovered the body of a man, believed to be 52 and from Manchester, who, it appears, had died during the journey. The death is not being treated as suspicious and officers will now compile a report for the coroner.")

Access To Justice Matters

This briefing courtesy of 'The Bar Council'

[This briefing should be read in conjunction with: Reasonable Assistance From a McKenzie Friend Practice Note 3/2012]

Will You Now Have To Represent Yourself In Court?

Today Monday 1st April 2013, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into force. It means that fewer people now have access to free legal representation than at any time since legal aid (state funding for legal advice and representation) was introduced. This means that if you have a legal problem there is now more chance that you will have to represent yourself.

The Bar Council represents all barristers in England and Wales. We believe that access to justice matters. Whether people use barristers' services or not, we think we have a responsibility to explain and demystify the legal system to anyone who comes into contact with it. We have produced a Guide to help you on your legal journey, which has been written by barristers, who have lots of experience in all kinds of different courts and understand how the system works.

The number of people who do not qualify for legal aid, but equally cannot afford representation, is growing. These people are called 'litigants-in-person' (LIPs) or, as they were previously known; 'self-representing litigants' (SRLs). They will have to go to court (to 'litigate') without a lawyer, and will have to represent themselves.

This Guide looks to help 'litigants-in-person' through their legal journey, which can be a very daunting, complicated and expensive experience.

How to read it
We recommend that you use the first three, general, Sections to familiarise yourself with how the legal process works, how to prepare your case, and if you have to go to court, what you should expect and be aware of. Then go to the relevant part to your case in the final Section (Section 4). If you have a case which does not fall under Section 4, the first three sections will still be helpful. Remember that different areas of law, and different courts, have different procedures. This means that not all the general guidance in the first three Sections will be applicable to all types of case. Try to do as much research as you can, using the resources we suggest in this Guide.

The Guide will cover:

Section 1: How to find free or affordable help with your legal problem

Section 2, Part 1: Putting together your case

Section 2, Part 2: Starting and defending a claim

Section 3: Representing yourself in court: On the day

Section 4: Areas of law

Personal injury law

Employment Tribunal

Immigration Tribunals

Family law

Property ownership in relationship breakdowns

Public law and Judicial Review

Housing law

Bankruptcy and debt law

'The Bar Council' hope this Guide is useful, and helps you to understand how the justice system should work fairly and openly for everyone who comes into contact with it.

You can download the guide <>  here . . . .

'The Bar Council'


Garden Court Chambers - Immigration Law Bulletin - Issue 318

Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - March 2013
7 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in March 2013, according to CrisisWatch.

Deteriorated Situations: Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, North Korea, Syria
Download the full report: <> cw116.pdf

Roma Spring Is Close At Hand

London Roma Nation Day Sunday 7th April
From 12 noon
Black Lion Gate
Kensington Gardens
Bayswater Road
London W2 4RL
(navigation code <>W2 4RL)
Undergrounds: Queensway Nottinghill Gate or Lancaster Gate.

This brings together Roma from six countries now in the UK. Picnic food provided for all, with music and fun for children.

There will be demonstrations outside nearby embassies protesting against some of the worst Neo-Nazi murders and acts of ethnic-cleansing since Hitler rose to power in the 1930s

Followed on Monday 8 April from 11.30 am by protest action outside Basildon Centre, St Martin's Square, Basildon, against a borough council which has already spent £10 million destroying parts of the Dale Farm estate in an attempt to drive 100 Traveller-families out of the district. Stop the next evictions!

For more information contact:
8 April Movement at

Good Friday - Good News - Christine Won't Fly Today
Hundreds of people have been acting to stop Christine's flight, Kenya Air virtually had to shut down their number because so many people were calling, The Kenyan Embassy were inundated with calls from people asking that Kenya not be complicit in the attempt to deport Christine. John McDonnell MP made a strong intervention and the barrister who intervened relied strongly on all of the public pressure and publicity to getting interim relief meaning that there will be no flight today.

The actions that everyone took were essential to this victory, we must continue to keep up the pressure on the home office for Christine's immediate release from the repeated torture of detention and attempted deportations (this was the 7th attempt to deport Christine.
Many Thanks to all who took Action / 'Movement for Justice'

Abu Qatada: The Law Won
The judges who ruled against the Home Office aren't woolly liberals. They're just doing their job. Omar Othman is a resident of this country – guilty of no crime and up to now facing no charges – whose home country wants to put him on trial in a case where the key evidence against him will in all likelihood have been procured by torture. The only reason he probably won't be tortured is because the state concerned has reluctantly promised not to follow its usual routine.

If this person's name were Giles or Gary and the country Syria or Sudan, we'd have outraged Daily Mail editorials and a civil libertarian home secretary. But Othman is Abu Qatada, and the state is Jordan. In politics universal values (the rule of law, the protection of human rights, the prohibition on torture) are fine – so long as they don't get in the way of our diplomatic interests, the career ambitions of our leading politicians or the propensity of our allies to do evil.
Read more: Conor Gearty, The Guardian,   Thursday 28 March 2013