Campsfield detainees go on hunger strike as protests by immigration detainees spread

Press release, 7 May 2014 

campsfieldOnce again, detainees at Campsfield are on hunger strike.

The hunger strike began this morning (7th May) with the simple demand to close all immigration detention centres in the United Kingdom.  Detainees believe their detention is a breach of their human rights.

More than 50 detainees are partaking, which includes many nationalities including several Arabic speaking countries as well as Chinese.

Hunger striker Musawar Khan said: ‘All of our friends want medias support. Authorities do not want to listen to us. Thankyou.’

On Friday (2 May) over 150 detainees in Harmondsworth migrant prison near Heathrow airport occupied the main courtyard in a sit down protest and began a mass hunger strike. Their demands can be read here.

Yesterday (Tuesday 6 May) in Colnbrook detention centre, right next to Harmondsworth, guards broke up an organising meeting of 40 detainees and put five ‘ringleaders’ in isolation cells, before moving them to another secure facility. Supporters have since been unable to contact the men.

Then at 10pm last (Tuesday) night a group of 20 men detained at Brook House IRC near Gatwick staged a protest in the courtyard and refused to return to their cells.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THE 20 YEARS SINCE CAMPSFIELD OPENED:

16.04.98: Sir David Ramsbotham, chief inspector of prisons, publishes his report on Campsfield, which states that ‘it is abundantly clear’ that ‘there is little or no consistency, or logic, in current arrangements for deciding upon detention’ (§I-25).

17/4/98: ‘Campsfield is an abomination to human rights in that it presumes guilt from the outset. Today those loyal protesters who have been branded as cranks and soft-centred do-gooders have been proved right.’ – From the Oxford Mail

Contacts: Musawar Khan 07448 039 561

Campaign to Close Campsfield: Bill 01865 558145, Liz 07791 738 577

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