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Thursday, May 08, 2014

[UK]: The Indipendent - Asylum detainees stage hunger strike over poor treatment

The Home Office is facing open revolt at its notorious Harmondsworth detention centre, after more than 100 detainees staged a hunger strike in protest against rules that leave them locked up while their asylum applications are processed.

The privately run centre near Heathrow airport in west London, which holds 615 people, has faced repeated criticism about poor treatment of detainees, with a recent inspection report highlighting “shocking cases where a sense of humanity was lost”.

On Friday more than 100 detainees co-ordinated to stage a demonstration inside the facility’s central courtyard, threatening to starve themselves amid growing anger about the application of the Government’s fast-track asylum rules.