Curtailing freedoms, diminishing rights in Britain’s asylum policy
A narrative of ‘them and ‘us’
in Incarceration and human rights
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Many factors underpin the contemporary political concerns and highlight significant issues in the social relations between 'us' and 'them'. The increasing volume of migrants, and particularly the rapid rise in asylum seeking until 2002, has challenged the Government's intention to manage these inflows in an environment marked by increasingly hostile race relations. Immigration and asylum policies ask crucial questions about national identity, about human rights, and about our values as compassionate citizens in an era of increasingly complex international challenges. Moreover, although the 'new migration' reflects complex global processes and a diverse demographic structure, it is asylum seekers who have been targeted as the principal focus of Britain's immigration policies since the early 1990s. Similarly, prosecution for glorifying terrorism, even given the dubious possibility of legal proof, undermines freedom of speech and impacts on us all, not just on asylum seekers and other migrants.

Incarceration and human rights

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2007

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