Since the 5th of February 2010, we the residents at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre are on hunger strike which involves over 84 + women, who are protesting against the period of time spent in detention and the treatment that they receive while being detained.
The strike was sparked to protest and demand that the frustration and humiliation of all foreign nationals ends now.
We are demanding the following actions:
— End the frustrations, physical and mental torture at the centre.
— Allow enough time and make resources available to residents who need to fully present their cases.
— To end all false allegations and misrepresentations by the UKBA regarding detainees in order to refuse bail or temporary admissions.
— Access to appropriate medical treatment and care as in the community, access to edible and well cooked food, phones with good mobile connections, with camera and recording facilities to back up cases.
— To stop the forceful removal and degrading system of deportation of detainees.
— To put law into practise, European rules governing standard of conditions of detention for migrants and asylum seekers and the length of time in detention.
— The abolition of detention for asylum seeker and torture victims.
— Detention should be by a standard procedure prescribed by law, authorised by judicial authority and be subjected to periodic judicial reviews.
— To end the detention of children and their mothers, rape survivors and other torture victims, to end the detention of physically, mentally sick people and pregnant women for long period of time.
— To end the separation of children from their mothers being detained whether in detention or destitution.
— To end the detention of women detention after serving time in prison.
— To abolish the fast track system, in order to give asylum seekers a fair chance with their application, while understanding the particular needs of victims of torture, and access to reliable legal representation which the fast track system denies.
— To end the repeat detention of women granted temporary admission while reporting or signing after a short period out of detention.
— To a set period of time allowed to detain women, which should be no longer than one month, while waiting decision either from UKBA or court proceedings.
— Finally instead of detention of foreign nationals, there are alternatives to detention stated by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “The detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Europe”, Adopted on the 28th January 2010, extracts below.
9.1.1. Detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants shall be exceptional and only used after first reviewing all other alternatives and finding that there is no effective alternative;
188.8.131.52. Placement in special establishments (open or semi-open);
184.108.40.206. Registration and reporting;
220.127.116.11. Release on bail/surety;
18.104.22.168. Controlled release to individuals, family members, NGOs, religious organisations, or others;
22.214.171.124. Handover of travel and other documents, release combined with appointment of a special worker.
Please support our concerns, lobby your MPs, Councilors, MEPs, demanding our immediate release and an end to arbitrary detention.
Women behind the Wire @ Yarl’s Wood IRC
Migreurop, 8 février 2010.