6 June 2014: I am writing to you today because I wanted to ask you to give us some extra support to spread the word about why the UK government should not lock up women who seek asylum.
In London next week William Hague, the foreign secretary, and Angelina Jolie will be hosting a huge summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This is such an important initiative and I really welcome it.
But it’s vital that when governments talk about protecting women who experience sexual violence in conflict, they don’t forget women who have to cross borders and seek asylum.
Most of the women who come to the UK seeking asylum who are locked up in Yarl’s Wood detention centre have experienced rape in their home countries. I think they should be treated with dignity and given a fair hearing, rather than being imprisoned. Continue reading “Why the UK government should not lock up women who seek asylum – petition”
Surround Harmondsworth on 7th June 2014 @ 1pm.
Calling on friends, family and supporters of individuals being held unjustly in one of the many detention centres around the UK. Protest to occur at Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow Airport in Solidarity with mass hunger strikes that occurred a few weeks ago. This action was calling for a review of the detainee fast-track system which asylum seekers’ cases are pushed through when their are detained. Other issues included lack of access to legal representation and severely inadequate health care facilities.
Speakers at the event will include ex-detainees and John McDonnell MP. Protest organised by Movement For Justice by any Means Necessary.