We have already reported that Parliament will debate the Detention Inquiry Report on the 10th September and have asked our supporters to lobby their MPs. See the article here.
Detention Forum does not want the parliamentary debate to be just another isolated incident. They want it to be part of a bigger story of change, which began with the parliamentary detention inquiry last year.
So they will be hosting #UnlockTheDebate, an ‘alternative’ on-line debate on the detention inquiry report recommendations from 1st September to 10th September.
- Have you been detained and want to take part in this alternative debate? Or are you supporting people in detention? If you are happy for us to share their voice via social media, let us know. Or tweet with the hashtag #UnlockTheDebate
- Have your say! During their national conference on 5th September, Right to Remain is planning to collect short video clips of individuals answering the question ‘What would YOU say in the debate next week?’. The short clips will be shared on the Detention Forum website before the debate. If you want to take part in this, but are not attending the Right to Remain conference, please contact us – we will see what we can do.
- Take part in a tweet-along-commentary! Some of us will be live tweeting during the debate, which will start around 11:15am – 11:30am on 10 September. If you are planning to join in the tweet-along-commentary session, please let us know so that we can tell you who else will be doing live-tweeting. We hope to storify this afterwards.
- Shape the debate! Some of the Co-ordination Group members will be writing short blog pieces during the ‘alternative’ debate to address key issues that are pertinent to this Parliamentary debate. For example, why is an overall reform is necessary now, and what does it mean for civil society organisations? Is it correct for the Government to keep on insisting that the Shaw Review is the answer to the detention inquiry recommendations? Is the government correct to say that there is no such thing as indefinite detention in the UK because of Hardial Singh principle? Maybe you are writing something yourself? Let us know.
Good luck with all your efforts and let us know your progress so that we can share your story with the rest. Write to [email protected]
The Detention Forum, 7 August 2015