November 2014

27
Nov
2014
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Home Office contractors 'expected to lie', inspection reveals

Security guards from Capita-subsidiary Tascor were "expected to lie" to people about being deported, raising the risk of self-harm, a new report by the Prison Inspector Nick Hardwick reveals.

Guards were also "asleep for significant periods" on a deportation flight to Albania, with staff claiming that their shift patterns "sometimes made it impossible to stay awake." Hardwick said "these removals are a sad business", but were "generally well organised and calm", and that "for the most part escort staff interacted sensitively with detainees".


14
Nov
2014
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Family forced from their home by Israeli drone attacks

This is part five of our series of articles focussing on what life is like for people in Gaza living beneath Israel's military drones. To read part one, two, three and four click here.

We met Abdullah and Ebtihaj Al Habil at their house to the North of Gaza City in December 2013. Abdullah told us that he has been attacked by Israeli drones on two occasions. The attacks have forced them to abandon their home and find new accommodation.


03
Nov
2014
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Trading under siege: the dying export industry in the Gaza Strip

Corporate Watch researchers visited the Gaza Strip during November and December 2013 and carried out interviews with farmers in Beit Hanoun, Al Zaytoun, Khuza'a, Al Maghazi and Rafah, as well as with representatives from Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestine Crops and the Gaza Agricultural Co-operative in Beit Lahiya. This is the second of two articles highlighting what their experiences show: that Palestinians in Gaza face significant and diverse difficulties when it comes to farming their land and harvesting and exporting their produce under siege, and that Israel enforces what amounts to a de facto boycott of produce from the Gaza Strip.