Tory immigration minister Caroline Nokes confirmed Labour MPs fears today, that the official Home Office policy guidance dictates protests by immigration detainees may well lead to their deportations being accelerated; not only that, but it’s been in effect since November.
Just asked the Immigration Minister if she can satisfy herself that threatening to accelerate deportation of refugees and asylum seekers who are on hunger strike at Yarl's Wood is not a breach of human rights law. The answer did not even contain "human rights". Shocking.
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) March 6, 2018
The guidance, as recently sent to Yarl’s Wood protesters, can be found on the Home Office website, and states that immigration officers must inform hunger strikers that their protest “is, in fact, likely to lead to the detainee’s case and/or removal being expedited”:
Today I asked an Urgent Question about women facing inhumane indefinite detention in #YarlsWood , who were subsequently threatened with accelerated deportation, because of their protest. pic.twitter.com/ag5Pk8LEtn
— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) March 6, 2018
Punitive deportation against refugees: despicable