SOLIDARITY DEMO NOW – SUICIDE AT THE VERNE

BREAK THE MEDIA SILENCE – FUCK THE BBC – END DETENTION – #MIGRANTLIVESMATTER

 

We have called an emergency demonstration for tomorrow – THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST, outside the Home Office on Brand Street – in solidarity with the unnamed Ugandan man that commit suicide inside The Verne prison on Friday.

 

The 30 year old Ugandan asylum seeker, whose mother and children were here in the UK, killed himself as he was detained awaiting deportation.

 

Please share and invite friends to the demonstration: https://www.facebook.com/events/1636361526608206/

 

The Verne is the UK’s newest and second biggest immigration detention centre. It incarcerates 580 men and is located in Portland, Dorset where almost nobody knows of its presence, let alone the deaths inside it.

The local press ran this story: http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/13581917.UPDATED__Asylum_seeker_found_dead_at_the_Verne/

The rest of the media ignored it.

Worse still, the BBC today published this article:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-33850513, praising The Verne as satisfactory though they acknowledge:
-only 30 minutes of free legal advice was available and many detainees “struggled to obtain representation to fight their cases”
– almost 40 men are being held for more than a year, and one held for five years, which inspectors described as “one of the worse cases of prolonged detention we have seen”
-the former Victorian fort complex remained “too prison-like in character”, with too much inner fencing and razor wire and restrictions on movement
– “..the environment and staff culture reflected an institution that had not yet come to terms with its new function as an IRC”

SICKENINGLY, THE BBC DID NOT MENTION THE SUICIDE JUST DAYS AGO

instead they say “the majority of detainees in The Verne felt safe and were very positive about their treatment by staff”.

THE HOME OFFICE IS SICK
THE MEDIA IS SICK
THIS MAN’S LIFE MATTERS! LET’S NOT BE SILENT!

 

An old-style citadel, The Verne has been a prison since 1949. It has incarcerated only immigration detainees since March 2014, but only changed its status to an IRC in September. It is still run by the former prison officers and has a moat around it, only accessible by tunnel or bridge.


THE VERNE NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN, AS DO ALL OF THIS RACIST STATE’S IMMIGRATION (AND OTHER) PRISONS.


This isn’t the first death of a detainee in The Verne. Last year Bruno Dos Santos was found dead in his cell. He was in his 20s, had a child in the UK and was stateless – meaning that ‘removing’ him was impossible. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-stateless-asylum-seeker-found-dead-in-his-prison-cell-9488207.html

 

This won’t be the last death either.

 

Last year, Pierre Makhlouf, assistant director at the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees, said: “Placing immigration detainees under prison conditions such as at HMP The Verne is inappropriate and against international guidelines. Yet the Government detains immigration detainees in about 80 prisons around the UK…The prison regime makes it difficult to contact the outside world, to access legal advice and representation or to communicate with their family and friends. These communication difficulties also make it harder for detainees to contact the Home Office in order to progress their immigration case. Such isolation and the denigration detainees feel at being incarcerated for prolonged periods simply because they are foreign nationals leads to desperation.”


THE HOME OFFICE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING! THEY ARE DRIVING PEOPLE TO SUICIDE.

BREAK THE MEDIA SILENCE!

#ENDDETENTION!

#MIGRANTLIVESMATTER

SOLIDARITY NOW!!!

See you outside the Home Office tomorrow.

Please share the event even if you can’t make it, invite friends and SPEAK OUT!