Criminalising refugees: the disgrace of Britain’s immigration detention centres

by | Sep 5, 2015 | World at War, World News | 0 comments

Fleeing war, persecution and acute poverty, men, women and children have been arriving in Britain for generations. They come in search of peace: for work or education, and to build a decent life in a country were the rule of law is observed and human rights are respected.

According to Mary Bosworth, author of Inside Immigration Detention, currently the largest numbers arrive from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They also come from Nigeria and Jamaica, and from current and recent war zones: Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. Many of those making the hazardous journey have been the victim of violence, sexual abuse and exploitation; some have mental health issues, all need to be shown tolerance, compassion and understanding. However, a significant number arriving in the UK are being incarcerated in the country’s 10 Immigration Detention Centres .

Dysfunctional and immoral

The UK government locks up more immigrants than any other country in Europe, and detains them for longer. This crude  and unimaginative approach to what is a humanitarian issue, not a criminal matter, is detrimental to the health of those detained, extremely expensive – costing the Home Office up to GBP 70,000 a year per person – and socially divisive. It also contravenes the UN Refugee Convention (Article 31), which makes clear that “states should not impose penalties or unnecessary restrictions on movements of refugees entering their territory without authorisation”. Violating this and other binding regulations, has forced governments “to pay out millions of dollars in compensation for their unlawful detention practices”, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) states.

Concerned non-governmental organisations and the UNHCR condemn the UK’s detention policy, with the UNHCR stating that “seeking asylum is a… fundamental human right. In our view the detention of asylum-seekers should be avoided – these are people who are seeking protection.” Vulnerable people need support, not incarceration, as is made clear in a recent All Party Parliamentary Group report, which is highly critical of UK government policy.

The panel of MPs and peers concluded that “the UK uses detention disproportionately and inappropriately. The evidence shows that the current system is seriously detrimental to the individuals who are detained in terms of their mental and physical well-being.”

Attempted suicide and self-harming is widespread: one detainee told the inquiry that “some lose hope and they try to kill themselves. Some try burning themselves with whatever they can get. Some try hanging themselves in the shower. They think it’s the only way out… they do not kill you directly, but instead you kill yourself.”

Read the full article in the link below…..

By Graham Peebles

Source: Criminalising refugees: the disgrace of Britain’s immigration detention centres  | Redress Information & Analysis

Ceribalius

Ceribalius

Ceribalius is a pseudonym used by one of our writers, he/she is a digtial nomad and dedicated fighter of freedom and liberty. If there is something that needs saying which no one else is, he/she is the one to do it.
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Facebook Outage – Information Blackout Or Technical Catastrophe?

Facebook and its other sister applications, Instagram and WhatsApp, have been down for the best part of the day. It took some time for Facebook...

More Vaccine Propaganda From The BBC & Van-Tam

When things are looking down and it looks like maybe things are not going to go your way, what do you? Well, if you are a psychopath you simply...

Two of the Fully ‘Vaccinated Female West Indies Cricket Team’ Collapse

In yet another 'One in a Million' or 'Coincidental' event, two recently vaccinated players of the west indies cricket team have collapsed...

Detroit Pays $50 To Anyone Who Convinces Someone To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

In what is ironically being called the 'Good Neighbour' Programme, citizens of Detroit can earn $50 if they can convince another to take the...

Nearly 40% Of Marines Have Declined Covid-19 Vaccine

Nearly 40% of US Marines are declining Covid-19 vaccinations, according to data provided to CNN on Friday by the service, the first branch to...

3 Vaccinated Nuns In Isolation Die Of ‘Covid-19’

Three sisters of the Northern Kentucky monastery have died and 28 of the 35 remaining sisters test positive for COVID-19 following vaccination....

New “Behaviour Hub” Indoctrination Programme To Increase Conformity In Children

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson says lockdown has impacted on children's "discipline and order" and wants schools to...

Tanzania’s President Magufuli Dies, The Covid Cult Rub Their Hands in Glee

President John Magufuli of Tanzania, a prominent populist and covid-19 skeptic in Africa, has died. He was 61 years old. Magufuli’s death was...

Pfizer Vaccine More Deadly Than The Virus In Young People

In a shocking new piece of research by Aix-Marseille University Faculty of Medicine Emerging Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit's Dr. Hervé...

France and Poland Increase Lockdown Measures As Infections Surge

You didn't honestly think things were going to slowly drift back to normal, did you? Lockdowns are part of the 'New Normal', make no mistake....

Stay Connected - Subscribe Today

Thank you for subscribing!

Pin It on Pinterest