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Yarls Wood hunger strike: fifteen demands

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Inside Yarls Wood, people are on hunger strike – they won’t go to the dining room to eat for 3 days.

They detain people who have appeal rights, who are reporting every month. Why would they detained people who comply with their rules to go and sign? Especially those who have been in the UK for more than 15 years. And without any notice – not even to your solicitor!

They detain people who came to this country as minors and who are culturally British. They wait until they are 18 and then they are detained. This is due to their parent’s or the lawyer’s failure to do their correct paper work.

It’s also due to the Home Office delaying things too.

The sad thing is, they detain these young people. They don’t even know anything about the country where they are born. Why do they detain them? You keep them here for more than a month, that’s torture enough.

And then when they get deported many commit suicide because they are not accepted in any community and they don’t know anyone there. They’ve grown up here, they’ve established their lives here.

And then you threaten to deport them to where they are born. What do they know about that country you are taking them to?

They will tell you that they have proper medical facilities. But you will wait for a month to see a doctor.

One instance I have seen is when a wife was having panic attacks because the husband was coughing and throwing up blood. They were separated. The husband is in isolation and the wife is still in Yarl’s Wood and is still having panic attacks.

After three days of hunger striking, we don’t know what is going to happen. But we have given the Home Office our viewpoints. It is them that put us here, and we expect them to take action to respond to those points.

1 – Shorter bail request periods
Legally it should 3-5 days, however it can take anywhere up to 21 days, or even a month before you get a bail hearing date.

2 – Amnesty for those who have lived in the UK 10 years and above.

3 – End indefinite detention
Detention periods shouldn’t be longer than 28 days.

4 – End Charter flights
Charter flights are inhumane because there are no prior notifications, or only an oral notification with no warning. They give no time to make arrangements with family.

5 – No more re-detention
Redention should not be allowed – if you have been detained once, you should not be re-detained if you are complying with the laws they have applied. This is a contradiction, you are being punished for complying with the law; it ruins the whole purpose of expecting compliance.

6 – End systematic torture
Systematic torture takes place in detention – at any point an officer could turn up and take your room mate; you’re constantly on edge, not knowing what will happen next. Those who are suicidal now have their privacy taken away because they are being watched – you don’t know if an officer is coming to check on you or coming to take you away. Our rooms are searched at random and without warning; they just search first and explain later.

7 – Stop separating families
Separating families is inhumane – people in here are married or have British partners and have children outside, and they are denied their right to private life and right to privacy; their Article 8 rights.

8 – No detention of people who came to the UK as children
Young adults who came to the country as minors should not be detained, deported or punished for their parents’ immigration histories.

9 – The beds need to be changed
Some of us have been here for a year on the same bed; they’re the most uncomfortable beds.

10 – LGBT+ persons’ sexuality be believed
It should be understood that explaining your sexuality is difficult.

11 – Fit emergency alarms in every room in the detention centre
Only some rooms have them, and there have been a lot of cases of people being very ill in places where they can’t call for help.

12 – Give us access to proper healthcare.

13 – Give us proper food to look after our diets.

14 – Release people with outstanding applications.

15 – We want to speak to Alistair Burt MP for the constituency.

Please take action to talk to the Home Office. Our voices aren’t heard because we are in here.

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