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Deportation Charter flight to Iraq KRG did not fly

Yesterday’s charter flight from Heathrow to the Kurdish Regional Government area (KRG) of Northern Iraq did not take off. Initial reports suggest that several coaches took around 70 detainees to the airport, but ended up returning them all to UK Immigration Removal Centres. There are rumours that the KRG authorities have refused to agree the […]

"Outsourcing Abuse" inquiry: Medical Justice press release

Medical Justice Press release on the inquiry into the report “Outsourcing Abuse”, which was published in 2008 by Birnberg Peirce & Partners, Medical Justice and NCADC. “UKBA are under so much pressure at the moment. There has been almost constant media coverage for months of a wide number of organsiations expressing concern about conditions in […]

Yarl’s Wood protest, Mothers’ Day

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Sunday 14 March at Yarl’s Wood Yarl’s Wood Migrant Solidarity are calling a demonstration at 12:00 pm on Sunday, 14th March 2010 in solidarity with the women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Yarl’s Wood IRC, Twinwoods Road, Clapham, Bedfordshire, MK41 6HL We join these women in their protest against the detention […]

Country of Origin Information – a critical assessment

A new report from the Immigration Advisory Service (IAS), investigates the impact of the independent monitoring of the former on raising the standards and quality of UKBA COIS reports. Sheona York, Principal Legal Officer, IAS, says: “This report demonstrates the continuing need for vigilance from those representing asylum-seekers to ensure that the country evidence on […]

Hunger strike goes on; MPs call for inquiry

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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 […]

‘Fast Track’ Asylum system fails women

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  Human Rights Watch, February 23, 2010   The ‘detained fast track’ system doesn’t meet even the basic standards of fairness. It is simply not equipped to handle rape, slavery, the threat of ‘honor killings,’ or other complex claims, and yet such cases are handed to it regularly.” Gauri van Gulik, women’s rights researcher at […]

Yarl's Wood hunger strikers under threat of deportation

Message from Black Women’s Rape Action Project 21 February 2010 WOMEN HUNGER STRIKERS UNDER THREAT OF DEPORTATION Over 22 women are still on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre. Five are on suicide watch and one has been taken to health care after self-harming.  At least eight women have been threatened with removal since […]

Demo In Solidarity With Yarl’s Wood Hunger Strikers

Wednesday 17th February 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Outside Holloway Prison Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0NU (Nearest tube Caledonian Road, turn left out of station up Caledonian road, turn left up Hillmarton Road, walk to top, HMP Holloway, straight ahead) We are calling for the immediate release of the “Yarls Wood 4” and all the other women […]

Yarl’s Wood: women tell of squalid conditions

Hunger strikers at immigration centre tell of squalid conditions ‘We are not criminals; we are ordinary people who are being locked up and threatened’, says hunger striker at Yarl’s Wood Afua Hirsch and Matthew Taylor, guardian.co.uk, Friday 12 February 2010 Pressure is mounting for an inquiry after female hunger strikers at Yarl’s Wood described squalid […]

Yarl's Wood women vow to continue hunger strike

Women in Yarl’s Wood vow to stay on hunger strike until they are released Statement From: Black Women’s Rape Action Project We have spoken to over 50 women in the last few days and they all have a compelling case to be released: their continued detention is either inhumane or contravenes Home Office rules. Some […]