Home Office accused of profiteering

Words and photos by Dave Barry

The Home Office was accused of profiteering at a regional conference of Amnesty International in Scarborough.

To register a child as a UK citizen costs £1,012, yet the ministerial department which makes the charge admits the process costs only £372, a speaker said.

The difference is clear profit, said Holly Shorey of the Children’s Human Rights Network (CHRN), adding that it is tantamount to profiteering.

CHRN, which campaigns on behalf of children all over the world, was also represented by Juliane Thorbjørnsen and Sena Atici.

The conference, at the Friends Meeting House, was attended by about 50 activists from North Yorkshire and the north-east.

They heard Amnesty’s trade-union campaigner, Shane Enright, speak about the state of human rights around the world. And they attended action workshops run by Rhiannon Griffiths, coordinator of Amnesty’s Japan section; Amnesty’s community fundraising coordinator, Richard Glynn; and the CHRN trio.

The conference was hosted by the Scarborough branch of Amnesty, whose officers taking part included Mike Gordon and Rod Heath.

The branch can be contacted via its Facebook page.