Yarl’s Wood: Women on Hunger Strike “Our rights in here are being violated every day – we’ve had enough”

Yarl’s Wood: Women on Hunger Strike “Our rights in here are being violated every day” Over 100 women in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre began a hunger strike on Wednesday 21 February.  The women from Avocet and Dove units along with a few men on the family wing are refusing food and are planning further …

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LUSH Human Rights Summit

LUSH Human Rights Summit February 2018 Performance: We are Here – because You are There Our interactive play has been on tour to Coventry, Sheffield & the DSEI Stop to Arms Fair. Performed by asylum seekers from the All African Women’s Group, it depicts the real life injustices faced by rape survivors and others throughout …

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UPDATE: HUMAN RIGHTS VIGIL, 22 November 2017

Brigitte Nongo-Wa-Kitwa Family Reunion Appeal Hearing Thanks to all who came to support Brigitte Nongo-Wa-Kitwa’s case to be reunited with her children. The vigil outside court garnered interest and support from passersby and people entering the court building. Over 15 women then went inside to listen to court proceedings, and although there weren’t enough seats …

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Women speak about destitution

Women Speak About Destitution: Read testimonies of the real impact of cruel government policy The British government’s deliberate policy of destitution forces asylum-seeking women into extremely precarious and often dangerous living situations; exposing them to exploitation and violence. Here, women speak about their experiences of destitution in the UK. Melissa I’ve been destitute, when I was …

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We are here because . . .

We are here because . . . . . .  is an inspiring and moving collection of online video and other testimonies, filmed, recorded, edited and produced by Black/women of colour, – many are are active members of All African Women’s Group a self-help group of women asylum seekers. Together with volunteers all the testimonies were …

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Why women in Yarl’s Wood went on hunger strike (transcript)

Why women in Yarl’s Wood went on hunger strike (transcript)   M: Some of the hunger strikers said there were meetings of about 20 women who discussed organising it and that they organised across the wings because Avocet started, and women from Bunting and Dove who were working for SERCO selling food noticed no one …

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Legal precedent for rape victims seeking asylum

Legal precedent for rape victims seeking asylum

 

We were centrally involved in winning this important legal precedent for rape survivors seeking asylum in the Royal Courts of Justice, London back in 1997.

Mr Justice Sullivan ruled that the previous Home Secretary had been wrong not to consider new evidence provided by a young woman about the multiple rapes and other violence she suffered from soldiers as a fresh claim for asylum.