Refugee Week WAST Action in Manchester
JOIN US TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST YARLS WOOD
SATURDAY 21st June 2014
MEET Piccadilly gardens 11.00 till 1pm
COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND SIGN THE PETITION HERE
Shut down Yarl’s Wood Women’s Immigration Detention Centre!
Why is the UK locking up women and exposing them to further abuse and degradation, when they have stood up for women’s rights, fled sexual violence and abuse and have been denied basic human rights in their countries of origin?
- END THE SYSTEMATIC ABUSE IN YARLS WOOD:
- DEMAND A FULL PUBLIC INQUIRY
Find out the real story from women who’ve been there Join WAST, MANCHESTER MIGRANT SOLIDARITY & SAFETY4SISTERS and Campaigners. Bring ANY Musical Noise Makers
Women detainees and ex-detainees have been coming forward to speak out about the abuse they suffered and witnessed, and to demand redress. The racist and sexist regime, of legal, psychological and physical abuse which women frequently describe as mental torture at Yarl’s Wood, has been covered up for far too long.
The women imprisoned in Yarl’s Wood are systematically set up for abuse by the fact that they are treated as liars, who must prove themselves truthful whilst being detained indefinitely.
By law the ‘burden of proof’ in the asylum & immigration system means they are guilty until proven innocent. The women in Yarl’s Wood have between them successfully escaped every kind of abuse and violence that women commonly face around the world – rape, sexual abuse, forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, anti-gay persecution. It is known that violence against women and girls is common worldwide. Yet their claims are routinely disbelieved, and their credibility attacked. Is it any surprise that they are targeted for sexual abuse by guards in detention? The sexual abuse and its cover-up that was publicly exposed by The Observer (14th September 2013) are the inevitable products of this regime.
The public exposure of sexual abuse has come about because of the strength of a detainee who refused to be silent. There are many more ready to follow.