Hunger strike goes on; MPs call for inquiry

  • MPs John John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn take the fight to parliament
  • Home Office admits 20 women still refusing food
  • Denise McNeil has now spent 17 days in segregation
  • 4 of the hunger strikers remain in prison with out any charges
  • 2 short films

Early Day Motion in Parliament:

EDM 919: Hunger Strike At Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre
That this House notes that women detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre have been on hunger strike since 5 February 2010 in protest against being detained for up to two years; condemns the detention of victims of rape and other torture, of mothers separated from their children and anyone who does not face imminent removal; believes that such detention flouts international conventions and UK immigration rules; requests that HM Inspector of Prisons urgently carries out an independent investigation into reports of violence, mistreatment and racist abuse from guards, being kettled for over five hours in a hallway, denied access to toilets and water and locked out in the freezing cold, which women have made to their lawyers, the media and supporters, including the All African Women’s Group and Black Women’s Rape Action Project; and calls for a moratorium on all removals and deportations of the women who took part in the hunger strike pending the results of that investigation.
Tabled by John McDonnell

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BBC News, Wednesday, 24 February 2010
MP demands Yarl’s Wood hunger strike inquiry

Two short films on the ongoing women’s struggle at Yarl’s Wood.

Interview with one of the women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood, and with a supporter from the Black Womens Rape Action Project

Film of the protest outside the offices of SERCO, the private company that runs Yarl’s Wood.

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