LETTERS: No fears for 'real' refugees

From Ms Ann Widdecombe

Catch 8a

PHILIP Leach of Liberty is no doubt correct in referring to Article 8a of the EC Treaty as providing "every EU citizen with the right to move and reside freely within member states" (Letters, 24 September).

Positive immigration policy:LETTER

From Mr Bruno Waterfield

Letter: Not all gloom and doom

THE FIRST part of Eric Hobsbawm's survey of 'The Short 20th Century' (Sunday Review, 9 October) communicated gloom and pessimism as the barbarities, irrationality and mass destructiveness unleashed by this century were surveyed.

Barristers call for accountability on appointment of QCs

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Foreigners flee besieged Aden

Northern Yemen forces kept the southern capital, Aden, under siege yesterday, AP reports from Sanaa. At least 36 people were reportedly killed by shelling, and 900 foreigners fled the city by ship to Djibouti. Battles resumed on the Abyan front, 25 miles east of Aden.

Refugees from ANC and Inkatha violence

Water distribution at a refugee camp in Verulam, north of Durban, where 40 families fled from violence in Ndwedwe between the ANC and Inkatha.

Temporary asylum

Ten asylum seekers were given temporary leave to stay in Britain while their appeals are heard after more than two weeks on hunger strike in detention.

Immigrants inquiry

Two men have been charged in connection with the discovery by Customs officials of 12 suspected illegal immigrants on a boat at Titchmarsh Marina, Walton on the Naze, Essex.

Letter: Deplorable lack of action against racism

Sir: With reference to today's letter from Trevor Cox: a society that only 'deplores the marginalisation of people 'because of the colour of their skin or their faith' ', without taking action to counter such marginalisation, is to be deplored as racist and smug.

Evicted for racism

An elderly couple were evicted from their council house for racially harassing neighbours who claimed they suffered racist abuse and posters. The action was the first by Leicester City Council.

Advice on working abroad

FINANCIAL advice for people thinking of working abroad is available in The Expatriate's Handbook, published by Kogan Page. Available from bookshops.

The Budget / Briefly: Foreign bodies

Foreigners who have accommodation available for visits to the UK will no longer be regarded as resident for tax purposes.

Letter: Racial harassment of white households

Sir: The figures published on racial harassment in ' 'One in ten' non-white families suffer racial harassment' (11 March) make sad reading for anyone who respects human dignity, regardless of race or colour.

Asylum protest

One hundred asylum seekers being held at Haslar jail in Gosport, Hampshire, are due to hold an emergency meeting today to decide whether to resume a hunger strike in protest at the Home Office practice of imprisoning political asylum seekers while their applications are being processed.
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