Press Release – Campaign to Close Campsfield 3 August 2011
Suicide in Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre
A man has been reported dead at Campsfield House. He was found hanging in the toilets, according to a Guardian article today. We will mark this event by a vigil in Carfax, Oxford with flowers and placards, today, Wednesday 3rd August, at 6pm.
This is yet another shocking event in the history of Campsfield House, where innocent people are locked without time limit , and in daily fear of removal to the nightmare conditions that drove them to leave their home country in the first place.
Just being locked up in these conditions is enough to seriously effect a person’s mental health.
A spokesperson for the campaign, Liz Peretz, said
“We are shocked and saddened by the news of this young man’s suicide. Our hearts go out to his friends and family and to all the other people locked in detention centres, without time limit, across the UK. This man’s name will join the growing list of tragedies that have resulted from the current practice of detention of immigrants.
We hope it will make the government think about entirely scrapping their brutal and inhuman practice of detaining immigrants.
This young man’s suicide must immediately raise serious questions about health and safety inside Campsfield, especially the adequacy of health and welfare provision. Questions need to be asked of both MITIE, the company who won the contract to run the centres earlier this year, and the UKBA, who drew up their contract.”
Contact Liz Peretz 01865 558145
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