[Hunger Strike is still strong, 68 women refusing food as of yesterday 10 February]
No to imprisonment, immediate return to Yarl’s Wood
Aminata Camara from Guinea
Sheree Wilson from Jamaica
Shellyann Stupart from Jamaica
Gladys Obiyan from Nigeria
Aminata, Sheree, Shellyann, and Gladys, were resident in Yarl’s Wood IRC on Monday, when an absolute and unwarranted response to a peaceful hunger strike by Serco staff, led to eight hours of chaos. Many of the detainees were injured, Aminata, Sheree, Shellyann, and Gladys, were removed from association and transferred to Bedford police station, where they remained overnight. They were then transferred to Colnbrook STHC, where they were this morning.
Read more, and what you can do to help…
Gladys Obiyan, alleges that in the police station on Tuesday morning, when they were about to be moved, the police roughed her up.
At 01:15 this morning they were told they were being moved to prison, HMP Holloway and HMP Bronzefield, when they asked why they could not be returned to the detention estate, they were told there were no bed spaces available, this is blatantly untrue. women in Yarl’s Wood this morning confirmed there were plenty of empty bed spaces.
All the women are deeply disturbed at the prospect of being put in prison.
None of the women have been charged with any offences or were in any way involved in any actions at Yarl’s Wood that were other than peaceful.
UK citizens cannot be remanded to prison, except they have been brought before a judge and the judge orders it so.
Aminata, Sheree, Shellyann, and Gladys, have not and will not be brought before a judge, they are being remanded to prison on the whim of Phil Woolas MP, Minister of State for Borders and Immigration.
What You Can do to Help:
The detained women are asking you to Email/fax/phone/write Phil Woolas MP, requesting that Aminata, Sheree, Shellyann, and Gladys, are returned to Yarl’s Wood immediately or released into the community. Model letter attached <Yarl’s Wood Four.doc>, which you can copy/amend/write your own version, there are no Home Office reference numbers available as the women were moved from Yarl’s Wood, with out their belongings.
Rt. Hon Phil Woolas MP
Minister of State Borders and Immigration
3rd Floor, Peel Buildings, 2 Marsham St
London SW1 4DF
Telephone: 020 7035 0195
Fax: 0870 336 9034
Please let the campaign know of faxes/emails sent:
Please keep sending Solidarity messages
Source for this Message:
Women Behind the Wire @ Yarl’s Wood