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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,, 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 […]

Yarls Wood: hunger striker speaks out

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Statement from one of the ladies on hunger strike at Yarl’s wood immigration detention center. We are protesting about the condition at the center and the length of time we spend in here. The treatment received at this peaceful protest: I have been traumatised and victimised because of this experience. I can never believe this can happen in the UK and I am still in shock.

Defend the Yarl's Wood Four

[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 […]

Yarl's Wood: House of Commons debate

Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre House of Commons / 10 Feb 2010 : Column 1006 It was built on a deceit. Terrified by the rise in the number of asylum applications resulting from changes in policy in 1997, the Government needed to react to growing public concern prior to the general election of 2001. The […]

Yarl's Wood: 68 Women still refusing food

Students and campaigners commenced a solidarity hunger strike at the London Offices of Serco this morning, Wednesday 10 February Demo in solidarity with Yarl’s Wood Women Friday 12th February 2010 at 2:30 pm Serco’s offices 18-22 Hand Court (off High Holborn) London WC1V 6JF London Detainee Solidarity Network have called for a demo this Friday […]

Hunger strike: women at Yarl's Wood

Statement from Women Behind the Wire @ Yarl’s Wood IRC “Detention results from political decisions that represent a “hardening attitude towards irregular migrants and asylum seekers”  (*PACE) End the Detention of Foreign Nationals Now! Since the 5th of February 2010, we the residents at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre are on hunger strike which involves […]

Calais: Solidarity is not an offence

A new self-organising space in Calais is an act of resistance against the brutal measures against asylum seekers Rahila Gupta,, Thursday 4 February For all those who have been depressed by increasingly harsh measures against asylum seekers by Britain, France and other European countries, here is a glimmer of hope. The transnational No Borders […]

Stop deportations to Nigeria!

Stop deportations to Nigeria now! A Joint European Union Charter flight with approximate 50 Nigerians on board, will leave the UK on Wednesday 3rd February @ 18:00, picking up more Nigerians in Dublin and then onto  Lagos. [If you would like to add your group or organisation’s name to the list of signatories to this […]

Immigration detention of children: 'state-sponsored cruelty'

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown attacked for not scrapping asylum policy that leaves hundreds of children behind bars at Christmas ‘Moral cowardice’: Brown attacked for his policy on asylum Gordon Brown was last night accused of ‘moral cowardice’ for failing to scrap a controversial asylum policy that will see hundreds of innocent children spend Christmas […]