News August 2020

30 August 2020

Death of Mercy Baguma ‘inevitable consequence of immigration policies’

‘There will be more tragedies’: Death of mother with baby is ‘inevitable consequence’ of immigration policies, warn campaigners May Bulman Reprinted from the Independent More migrants without access to public funds are at risk of dying unless immigration policies change, charities have warned following the …

27 August 2020

Opinion: Neil Mackay: After the death of Mercy, Scots Government should break Westminster immigration laws

Reprinted from the Herald THE Scottish Government must step in between refugees and the wicked immigration policies of Westminster. If that means breaking the law, then so be it – some laws are so cruel they not only deserve to be broken, it’s a moral duty to break…

27 August 2020

First Minister Backs demand for a Public Inquiry after Mercy Baguma’s death

Donate to our Mothers & Babies Fund Call for a public inquiry Nicola Sturgeon said she is “consumed with sadness” and anger at the death of Mercy Baguma, who was found dead next to her starving baby in a Glasgow flat. The Ugandan woman’s body was…

26 August 2020


From Eric Nnanna, Mercy’s partner and father of Baby Adriel: On behalf of our son Adriel, I wish to thank the kind people of Glasgow, Scotland and all over the world for so generously donating to the CAF and GoFundMe appeals. All funds raised will go into a…

25 August 2020

The Death of Mercy Baguma

Mercy Baguma, 34, was found dead in her flat in the Govan area of Glasgow by Police Scotland on Saturday 22 August 2020. It is understood that her child lay distressed in his cot for several days while his mother lay dead. The father tried to make contact with Mercy but when she did not answer her mobile or the door to the accommodation he assumed they had been moved to a new flat by the Home Office.

23 August 2020

Glasgow MPs Walk Out from Home Office asylum housing talks

GLASGOW’S 7 MPs – Chris Stephens, Alison Thewliss, Carol Monaghan, Anne McLaughlin, Stewart McDonald, Patrick Grady and David Linden – have condemned the Home Office for its proposed “evaluation” into the impact of Covid-19 on asylum-seekers, with the group walking out of a meeting with government officials,…

14 August 2020

Unreasonable Mears Transfers

Mears’ AASC Contract Delivery Director, Amarjit Bain’s, responded to Positive Action in Housing about our concerns about the way people are being transferred from hotels to homes – claiming they transfers are conducted in a “reasonable way”. Below are extracts from our reply on August 14: …

13 August 2020

Do unto others

“Not a single recipient of this letter would accept to be moved in such a way, on human rights grounds and on grounds of public health and safety, yet you see fit to let this be done to someone’s son, brother husband or father who is seeking…

11 August 2020

Is there a concerted attack on the whole idea of community control of housing?

As Lesley Riddoch reports, there appears to be something of a concerted attack on the whole idea of community control of housing.

9 August 2020

Shouting in the dark

Bilal* was still wearing his surgical stockings from cancer surgery, when the Mears Group told him they were moving him in the next day or two from a Glasgow hotel. I asked him to find out where he was being moved, so we had time to organise support in the…

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