55% of children wrongly detained says Refugee Council study

Refugee Council response to first quarterly asylum statistics for 2010 published today Refugee Council, 28 May 2010 In response to the publication of the first quarterly asylum stats for 2010, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said: “Initial decision making in the asylum system continues to give cause for concern, with 27% of […]

SERCO: Stop Locking up Children!

Press Release Tuesday 11 MAY 1.30PM At Serco’s annual meeting in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall this morning Dr Frank Arnold, torture scars expert and Serco shareholder asked the following question: ‘Serco is expanding its activities in Healthcare to include NHS hospital management, polyclinics and GP services. At the same time, the company is receiving serious […]

Yarl's Wood human rights challenge

Mark Townsend, The Observer, Sunday 11 April 2010 Could this woman’s fight change the way Britain treats asylum seekers? Most of the desperate mothers who are held at Yarl’s Wood are quickly deported: now four of them are taking the Home Office to court, citing violations of their human rights amid nightmarish conditions. Last month, […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]