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Rising at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre

United Kingdom > London > Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Twinwoods Business Park, Twinwoods Rd, Clapham, Bedfordshire MK41 6HL > 2014-02-13 > 12:00 pm

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On the 13th of February 2014, we will RISE in front of Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, where immigrant detainees (almost 9 out of 10 being women) are held for indefinite periods of time and are at serious risk of abuse. In The Independent, Chief Inspector Nick Hardwick described Yarl’s Wood as a 'sad place' for those incarcerated in it, saying at best it 'represents the failure of hopes and ambitions, at worst it is a place where some detainees look to the future with real fear and concern.’ Reports in October 2013 of an incident in which a female detainee was sexually abused by two male officers prompted an unannounced inspection, which found that changes were needed ‘as a matter of urgency’. Let us DEMAND the release of those locked up where there are no exceptional circumstances to even justify detention, as well as those who are extremely vulnerable such as pregnant women and women with mental health problems. Let us PRESS for urgent changes within the facility to ensure that women feel safe and that their dignity is respected. This includes recruiting more female staff, disallowing male officers from entering women’s rooms without permission, and guaranteeing proper investigation into complaints of victimisation. Meeting place is tentatively set at Bedford Station at 12 noon. This will be confirmed shortly. Please stay tuned!

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