Exposing What Happens in Detention
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News and updates
RAPAR is dedicating this webpage to the development of informed and effective action about immigration detention.
We began with an educational intervention about Pennine House, a short term detention facility beside Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport. (See below for information about this.) More news updates, information and calls to action will appear periodically. If you would like RAPAR to profile information you have exposing what happens in detention then please email email@example.com
The Other Face of Manchester Airport
On Sat 7th Sept 2013 an event at the Bridgewater Hall organised by Manchester Airports Group PLC will celebrate 75 years of Manchester Airport. RAPAR will be outside, distributing awareness-raising literature and asking the audience for help. Please join us! -- Bridgewater Hall, Mosely Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, 18.30 - 19.30 on Saturday, 7th September 2013
“Laws exist to protect animals in the UK– why are there no rules in existence to protect the people in Pennine House at Manchester Airport?” RAPAR asks the celebrants of 75 years of Manchester Airport to help.
“The risk of anxiety, mental distress and even self-harm is heightened. People held there tell us they are worried, fearful and anxious.” AVID, the charity that visits refugees in detention.
On 26th July 2013, Tahir Mahmood, a 43 year old man from Pakistan, died in Pennine House at Manchester Airport. Mr Mahmood’s is the first death in a short term detention. It has highlighted the fact that, currently, the "largest private sector provider of secure immigration detainee escorting" - TASCOR - is running Pennine House without any operating standards in place because the Home Office is repeatedly postponing the publication of a set of rules about what the minimum provisions in short term detention should be.
Currently Manchester Airports Group plc, the organisers of this event at Bridgewater Hall, is the holding company which is, in turn, owned by the ten Metropolitan Borough Councils of Greater Manchester. In Pennine House there is no natural light or ventilation, women and men are held together in the same facility and the Detention Centre Rules (2001) – the key statutory instrument governing the use of detention in the UK – don’t cover this shorter stay centre. Read the latest article about this, published in Open Democracy.
RAPAR will offer the audience information and resources so that they can find out more about Pennine House, become involved themselves, and enlist the involvement of their MP’s and local Councils in changing the situation at Pennine House.
Pennine House detains up to 32 people - refugees whose claims for asylum have been failed by the Home Office - for up to seven days until they are deported or transferred to another centre.
This educational initiative by RAPAR has been developed in collaboration with the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees.
07.03.18 - Dr Rhetta Moran, from RAPAR, held a Q and A session at a Manchester squatters' event organised to support and raise awareness of the women's hunger strike at Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire. The Q and A provoked a lively discussion and followed a series of film screenings related to Yarl's Wood.
Read more here
26.2.18 - HUNGER STRIKERS AT YARL'S WOOD STEP UP THEIR CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE - WOMEN ISSUE 12 DEMANDS TO THE HOME OFFICE
Women in Yarl's Wood detention centre are stepping up their campaign for justice saying the Home Office is refusing to acknowledge the hunger strike which began last week.
Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott met some of the women at Yarl's Wood on Saturday and listened to their concerns. But, while welcoming her visit, the women say it is clear that the Home Office itself is not listening.
From today, Monday 26th February, the detainees will be staging an all out strike - "We will cease to participate in detention. We will not eat, we will not use their facilities or work for them" they say.
The women have published 12 demands to achieve justice and an end to the hostile environment policy towards people seeking asylum and others who are applying for leave to remain in the UK.
You can read more about the women's campaign on the Detained Voices blog here:
See also the These Walls Must Fall campaign against detention http://detention.org.uk/
What You Can Do to support the women in Yarl's Wood. Sign the petition, join the demonstration on Wednesay....
Self-Harm in Immigration Detention Q2/2015 April/May/June + Rule 35
There has been one death within the detention estate during Q2. This occurred at Yarl’s Wood IRC in April 2015.
Three children detained in the Cedars were deemed to be at risk of Self-Harm.
Q2/2015: Rule 35(i) reports made by a medical practitioner to the Home Office on individuals in immigration detention
Rule 35(i) reports made by Medical Practitioner to Home Office - 20
Number of detainees Rule 35(i) reports relate to - 18
Of which, number of Rule 35(i) releases from detention - 4
Please click HERE to read the UNHCR Inquiry Into the Use of Immigration Detention in the UK.
03/03/2015 Press Release
RAPAR WELCOMES "ROBUST" DETENTION REPORT BUT SAYS THERE ARE KEY OMISSIONS
The substantial increase in the number of people kept in Fast Track Detention is creating “huge unfairness”, a leading Human Rights lawyer says.
Read full press release here.
Click here to read RAPAR member Nicolas Montano's MA thesis “Seeking asylum is not criminal:" The Detention and Policing of Asylum Seekers in the UK
19/01/2015 - Press Release - OMBUDSMAN'S REPORT CRITICISES CARE OF TAHIR MEHMOOD
• Report's recommendations accepted by Home Office
• Family “appalled” at lack of procedures at Pennine House
Read full article here.
14/01/2015 - Press Release - FAMILY ASK WHY DOCTOR WAS NOT CALLED WHEN TAHIR MEHMOOD FIRST COMPLAINED OF BEING ILL
12/01/2015 - Press Release - PROCEDURES AT PENNINE HOUSE WERE CHANGED FOLLOWING DEATH IN DETENTION, INQUEST TOLD.
Procedures at Pennine House, the short term holding centre at Manchester Airport, were changed following the death of Tahir Mehmood in July 2013... Read on
09/01/2015 - OPEN DEMOCRACY - Capita guard: “The course did not tell me what to do if someone is not breathing”
Another inquest, another death in UK immigration detention: the case of Tahir Mehmood. Phil Miller of Corporate Watch reports from the Coroner’s Court... Read on.
09/01/2015 - PRESS RELEASE - Wife refused entry into UK to attend inquest into her husband's death in detention (Tahir Mehmood)
Immigration judge turns down application for 3 week visa to allow her to attend her husband's inquest... Read on.
08/01/2015 - MEN: Dad who was set to be deported to Pakistan 'died at detention centre just days before flight' - Tahir Mehmood, a curry chef who arrived from Pakistan in 2007 and was living in Gorton, died just days before he was due to return home.
Read full press release here.
07/01/2015 - INQUEST INTO DEATH AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT DETENTION CENTRE! DAY ONE. - RAPAR today held a lobby outside the inquest into the death of Tahir Mehmood. Download the leaflet here.
01/01/2015 - INQUEST INTO DEATH AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT DETENTION CENTRE TO BE HELD ON 7TH JANUARY 2014! - RAPAR is calling a lobby outside the inquest into the death of Tahir Mehmood, a 43 year old man who died at Pennine House detention centre, Manchester Airport, on 26th July 2013.
The inquest begins at 10 am in the Council Chamber at Manchester Town Hall Extension, Albert Square, on Wednesday, January 7th 2015. It is expected to last for several days.
The lobby will start at 9.30am.
READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE!
08/09/2014 - UNLOCKING DETENTION : A virtual tour of the UK's immigration detention estate - 14 Sept to 20 Dec 2014 - Each week throughout September, October, November and December, Unlocking Detention will shine a spotlight on a detention centre – allowing people to share their experiences of the week's detention centre (either from being detained, or knowing or supporting someone who has) and their views on immigration detention in the UK... READ MORE.
08/09/2014 - THE GUARDIAN: Call for inquiry into death at Morton Hall immigration detention centre
Family say they were told Rubel Ahmed had killed himself, but fellow detainees say he had been complaining of chest pain... READ ON.
09/07/2014 - BREAKTHROUGH - High Court Rules Fast Track Detention Unlawful!
Read the full press release here!
09/07/2014 - Detainees Blocked from Important Websites by Detention Centre Staff!
"Detainees had access to the internet, but some key websites were blocked. The officer on duty in the internet suite could unblock any site. When we visited, the officer agreed to unblock the Bail for Immigration Detainees’ website but not Amnesty International’s without more senior approval."
Read the full story here.
02/05/2014 - Protests taking place today inside Harmondsworth Detention Centre
Presently there is a peaceful protest taking place in one of the courtyards of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, near Heathrow.
Approximately 150 detainees are occupying the courtyard, sitting down in protest of the fast-track asylum system in which individuals claiming asylum are placed immediately in detention and held whilst their asylum cases are processed. Protesters are refusing to eat or to move.
See the full press release here.
02/12/2013 - ACTION IN PICCADILLY WITH WAST 10 AM - SHUT DOWN YARLS WOOD!
Call out for women to take action in Manchester! SHUT DOWN Yarl's Wood Detention Centre! Join WAST women and MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGNERS
End systematic abuse, including sexual abuse & the denial of human rights. Demand full public inquiry into Yarl's
Women detainees and ex-detainees have been coming forward to speak out about the abuse they suffered and witnessed, and to demand redress. The racist and sexist regime, of legal, psychological and physical abuse which women frequently describe as mental
torture at Yarl's Wood, has been covered up for far too long. The women imprisoned in Yarl's Wood are systematically set up for abuse by the fact that they are treated as liars, who must prove themselves truthful whilst being detained indefinitely.
By law the 'burden of proof' in the asylum & immigration system means they are guilty until proven innocent. The women in Yarl's Wood have between them successfully escaped every kind of abuse and violence that women commonly face around the world - rape, sexual abuse, forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, anti-gay persecution. It is known that violence against women and girls is common worldwide. Yet their claims are routinely disbelieved, and their credibility attacked. Is it any surprise that they be targeted for sexual abuse by guards in detention? The sexual abuse and its cover-up that was publicly exposed by The Observer (read article here) are the inevitable products of this regime.
The public exposure of sexual abuse has come about because of the strength of a detainee who refused to be silent. There are many more ready to follow.
WE DEMAND: A full Public Inquiry into the sexual and other abuses at Yarls Wood Detention Centre
WE DEMAND: Present & Former detainees must have the choice to give evidence in public, and their supporters.
WE DEMAND: Every aspect of the system that makes the sexual abuse possible must be exposed to public scrutiny. Nothing less is acceptable!
19/11/2013 - Put Yarl's Wood ON TRIAL!
02/10/2013 - SERCO in our sights - involved in covering up sexual abuse?
"'Tanja', who is represented by Harriet Wistrich of Birnberg Peirce, claimed that after she reported the abuse Serco guards bullied her to drop the allegations and the Home Office tried repeatedly to deport her." Read the complete Open Democracy article here
08/09/2013 - Read Salford Star's coverage of RAPAR's educational intervention to expose detention at Pennine House, Manchester Airport.
02/09/2013 - Leaflet, template letter, petition, press release
> Click here for a copy of the leaflet for our educational initiative at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 7th.
> Click here for a template letter that you can send to your MP so that they can tell the immigration minister to publish the rules regarding the minimum provision in short term detention.
> Click here to sign the petition calling on all Greater Manchester local authorities to add their voices to our call for the publication of these rules.
> Click here to download our latest press release on this issue.