Every month for a year now we and our partners have called for supporters to gather at the gates of Hassockfield Immigration Removal Centre (known as Derwentside IRC since December 2021) to say loudly and clearly that the UK government’s policy of locking up women applying for sanctuary is a stain on our country’s human rights record.
It’s no different this month, even though mid August is holiday time, a time for switching off for many people. The women locked up inside can go nowhere, let alone on holiday. But we can, so…. Take a trip to Medomsley and spend a couple of hours using our voices to reassure the detainees that they are not forgotten. We are still fighting every way we can to see their rights are upheld and to change our country’s cruel detention system.
And if you’ve 45 minutes to spare, listen to this podcast from Tortoise investigating the development of the Home Office’s policy on the Hostile Environment. Hostile Environment in the Home Office