The Independent Asylum Commission's second public hearing to collect evidence for its citizens’ enquiry into the UK’s asylum system. The Detention Public Hearing and Roadshow will take place in West London on 29th March 2007.

Event: Independent Asylum Commission Public Hearing and Roadshow

Date: 29th March 2007 (Public hearing 14:30-17:30; Roadshow 18:45-19:30)

Location: Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Road, W10 5YG (close to Westbourne Park tube).

The Commission is coming to London to collect evidence on the detention of asylum seekers for an impartial citizens’ enquiry into the UK asylum system. The Commission will produce a report in 2008 that is expected to produce recommendations for reform of the asylum system that are fair as well as forceful, and realistic as well as humane.

The London hearing is the second of seven hearings across the UK. An august team of Commissioners, including peers, a former judge, a bishop, and human rights experts, will hear first hand testimony from a range of local people who are concerned about the impact of asylum on London’s communities and about the policy of detention. The Commission held a successful hearing and roadshow in Birmingham on 31 January 2007.

Jonathan Cox, Co-ordinator of the Independent Asylum Commission, told Ekklesia: “Though asylum is one of the most contentious issues in the UK, everyone can agree on one thing: the system is not working. Our job is to listen to the views from people across the country from a wide range of perspectives, and then make recommendations for reform that can be adopted by those who run the asylum system.”

For further details contact Jonathan Cox, Co-ordinator: 07919 484066.