TEST: End detention/deportation

End the Expansion of Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre

By BWRAP | 22 January 2021 | 0 Comments

NO Expansion of Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre “We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Deaths are rising in detention centres, prisons & overcrowded hostels which were dangerous places even before COVID – they should be closed not expanded.  Everyone should be housed safely regardless of immigration status and all deportations suspended for the public good.”

Amnesty from Deportation, Access to Health, Housing and Food

By BWRAP | 7 April 2020 | 2 Comments

Amnesty from Deportation, Access to Health, Housing and Food An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of the UK and the Taoiseach of Ireland cc:   UK Home Secretary and UK Health Secretary, Irish Health Secretary and Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, All UK MPs, All Members of the Irish Parliament (the Oireachtas), All Leaders …

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Bullied into “Voluntary” Returns

By BWRAP | 18 January 2019 | 0 Comments

Bullied into “Voluntary” Returns At a recent All African Women’s Group meeting, the chair asked whether any women in the group had experience of being forced to sign to return to their country of origin or knew of others that had been. We found out that many women had been taken into back rooms, in …

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STOP PRESS: Twenty One Women Released – Hunger Strike Suspended

By BWRAP | 4 December 2018 | 0 Comments

STOP PRESS: Twenty One Women Released – Hunger Strike Suspended Speaking to Black Women’s Rape Action Project which with the All African Women’s Group has been providing daily support to the hunger strikers, Mercy, one of the women said: “We are suspending the hunger strike but will continue to protest and speak out. . . the …

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Women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood – “Release us and close this place down.”

By BWRAP | 28 November 2018 | 0 Comments

Women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood – “Release us and close this place down.” Over 40 women in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre have gone on hunger strike protesting against a charter flight (Tues 27 Nov) that will take traumatised women back to Nigeria.  Women from many different countries including, Bolivia, China, Ghana, Malawi, …

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Submission to Home Affairs Committee Immigration Detention Inquiry

By BWRAP | 11 May 2018 | 0 Comments

Submission to Home Affairs Committee Immigration Detention Inquiry Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP) was founded in 1991. Women Against Rape (WAR) was founded in 1976. Together the two organisations have worked closely with women in detention, particularly in Yarl’s Wood IRC, over many years documenting the traumatic impact of rape and other violence on …

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LUSH Human Rights Summit

By WomenAgainstRape | 12 February 2018 | 0 Comments

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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Rape & Sexual Abuse in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

By BWRAP | 14 June 2017 | 0 Comments

Rape & Sexual Abuse in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre Our report chronicles a regime of predatory sexual abuse (including racist sexual abuse) since it opened and began accepting women and families in 2002.  It brings together the many allegations that have been reported to us, with other reports that have appeared in the media.  …

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We are here because . . .

By BWRAP | 17 May 2011 | 1 Comment

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)

By BWRAP | 17 March 2011 | 0 Comments

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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