Oxford residents protested at Carfax in Oxford on Wednesday evening at the continued detention of refugees and other migrants at Campsfield detention centre. Their placards announced to passers by that another detainee had taken his own life [yesterday] at the centre 6 miles north of the city. A display also listed the more than a dozen immigration detainees in the UK who have taken their lives, drew attention to two unexplained deaths in the past month of detainees at Colnbrook centre near Heathrow airport, and reminded passers by of the deaths while being deported of Joy Gardiner and, last year, Jimmy Mubenga from Angola. The twenty demonstrators asked: ‘How many more deaths before we call an end to the detention of innocent people?’
This is a link to our report on the inquest into the suicide of Turkish teenager Ramzan Kumluca, in 2006. On that occasion, Campsfield’s management, its “Independent” Monitoring Board, and the Home Office, all professed utter disbelief that it could possibly have been suicide, or that if it had been, it was anything to do with them. The police evidence blew that pretence away in minutes.
We will soon see if Campsfield’s new managers also
exist in a well-maintained cocoon of ignorance, or deep denial, about the reality of which it forms the “business end”.