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Semaine internationale contre les centres de rétention pour étrangers
Bruxelles, 15-21 juin
Dans le monde entier, des États-Unis à l’Australie en passant par chaque état membre de l’Union européenne, des étranger.e.s sont privé.e.s de leur liberté pour le simple fait d’être étranger.e.s. Cette violence institutionnalisée et discriminatoire est incarnée par les centres fermés, dont le but est de criminaliser ces personnes et d’alimenter la peur de l’autre au sein de l’électorat.
Répondant à l’appel du réseau espagnol CIEs NO, la CRER adhère à la première Semaine internationale contre les centres de rétention pour étrangers en proposant quatre moments de discussion et d’action contre ces modernes camps d’internement.
✯ Lundi 15 juin à 18h30: projection du documentaire italien EU 013. L’Ultima Frontiera (62 mn, sous-titres en anglais) suivie d’une discussion sur les centres fermés en Italie et en Belgique
✯ Jeudi 18 juin à 18h30: rencontre “L’impact de la détention des étrangers sur les couples et les familles”
✯ Samedi 20 juin 10h30-12h30: atelier banderoles et ballons pour l’action “Faites du vélo”: apportez des tissus, des cartons, de la peinture, des ballons, de l’hélium, des feutres… !
Où: BAD, quai de Willebroeck 22 (métro Yser)
Les portes ouvrent une demi-heure avant le début de l’évènement. Si vous arrivez plus tard, appelez le numéro sur la porte!
✯ Dimanche 21 juin à 15h00: “Faites du vélo, pas des centres fermés”, balade militante jusqu’au centre fermé 127bis. Rendez-vous sous les arcades du Cinquantenaire à 14h30 (départ à 15h00) ou rendez-vous directement à 16h00 devant le 127 bis ( plus d’infos ici ).
Oxford Refugee Week 2015
In London, join the Protest and Speak Out
“THIS IS A PRISON NOT A HOLIDAY CAMP”
Monday 15 June 12noon to 2pm
Detention without limit – Rape by guards – No healthcare – Mothers separated from their kids – Fast Track decisions – No legal representation – Profiteering from detainees’ work – Violent deportations
Protest at Dungavel Detention Centre (Scotland) 30 May at 12pm
Surround Yarl’s Wood Saturday 6 June 2pm Book a coach seat at firstname.lastname@example.org
In March, 100s of people in 8 out of 11 UK detention centres from Dover to Dungavel in Scotland held spontaneous hunger strikes protesting human rights abuses including indefinite detention.
In April, women throughout Yarl’s Wood IRC refused to eat until the authorities released a traumatised wife whose husband had collapsed and died.
Also in April in the US, migrant mothers detained in Karnes, Southern Texas went on hunger strike to protest against being sexually violated in front of their children.
Over 1,200 have drowned this year in the Mediterranean fleeing war and poverty. Survivors who have reached European shores have said “we are here because your governments are in our countries causing devastation”.
The All African Women’s Group, a self-help group of women asylum seekers, many of whom have been detained in Yarl’s Wood IRC, sometimes for as long as two years, are spearheading this protest to make visible the extreme suffering and injustice of detention and to demand the closure of all detention centres.
The reality of a £164 million (2013) detention industry is being hidden from the public. Detention means:
- 30,000 people a year are held without charge or conviction, without time limit, deprived of legal support, translation or healthcare.
- Widespread rape and other abuse from guards, most notably in Yarl’s Wood. Women’s protests have been reported in the press but complaints are often met with retribution. One woman who was made pregnant by a guard. He was sacked but she was deported. A former mental health nurse turned whistleblower and Channel 4’s undercover video footage showed a racist, sexist, abusive regime, endorsed by Serco the private company that runs Yarl’s Wood.
- Mothers say: our children risk being separated from us forever if we are detained. Social services are eager to take our kids and put them in foster care or up for adoption. Children are detained sometimes with the active collaboration of charities.
- Legal cases are heard without lawyers because of legal aid cuts. Thousands of people are “fast tracked” out of the UK without time to get evidence.
- A regime of terror and threat hangs over all people fighting for the right to stay in the UK. As one woman put it: “I shake with fear every time I sign on because this could be the time they snatch me out of the line and detain me.”
- Rampant physical violence from guards during deportations. None of us will forget Jimmy Mubenga held down by G4S guards until he suffocated. Jackie Nanyonjo died on arrival in Uganda after being restrained like Jimmy Mubenga
- Slave wages become commonplace. Detainees are paid £1 an hour to serve food, do the laundry and clean the centre saving private corporations millions and undercutting wages outside.
“They say it is not a prison but we are locked up so what is the difference. We are deliberately isolated. Our mail and email are censored and faxes, even to our lawyers are blocked. When we report ill treatment, nothing happens or worse we are treated as trouble makers and put in isolation where suicide watch is used to harass us, invade our privacy and deprive us of sleep. I fought and got released but had lost my housing and was destitute. My children were terrified I would be taken from them again so we lived underground. No wonder women do desperate things to survive.” Ms M, AAWG, detained in YW.
In Nov 2014 the Home Office awarded Serco a £70 million contract to run Yarl’s Wood for another eight years. G4S were given the contract to run the healthcare centre.
The anti-detention movement has changed the climate everywhere. In Greece, the Syriza government has started to close its detention centres. In Scotland the SNP has called for the closure of Dungavel. In the US, the New York Times is proposing to end detention. In the UK, a cross party All Parliamentary Working Group is recommending to limit detention, including to a maximum of 28 days.
Right to migrate! Close Detention Centres! No more deportations!
WHAT WE CAN DO:
- Organise an action on 15J – a hunger strike, a vigil, a sit-in, a meeting, a demonstration, an art event…
- Contact your MP, councillor, representative, your organisation or your church demanding that detention centres are closed. Ask them to come to the protest on their doorstep.
- Circulate and translate this message, contact the press if you can.
- Send a message of support we will circulate it.
Whatever you do, let us and the Spanish organisers know so we can publicise it. You can send your proposed activity by e-mail to: email@example.com
All activities will be showcased at this website: https://15jdiacontraloscie.wordpress.com/
STOP PRESS: 24 May, Peckham community (London) kicks out immigration officers.
Information 0207 482 2496
All African Women’s Group firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Women’s Rape Action Project email@example.com
Payday Men’s Network firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Against Rape email@example.com
Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike firstname.lastname@example.org