I have been in the detention centre for more than 25 month now

I have been in the detention centre for more than 25 month now and I have a serious mental health issues . Each time I’m going to see the doctor  ask to go to the hospital, but they never, never give me any medication. They say: “No, you have to wait to go to the hospital for a specialist to see you.” When I ask them for some medication they say: “Sorry, we can not give it to you, you have to see the doctor.” I say: ”I come to you, you are the doctor.” But he says: “Sorry, I can not do anything about this.”

But it’s not just about the doctor, also about immigration. I have been in here for more than 25 month now. I have decided to go back home. They say: “we will try to get you the travel documents, the emergency travel documents.” But since 2012 till now they couldn’t get the travel documents.

Inside, I have been applying for bail, going to the court. More than 12 or 13 times I have been to the court. And I have even decided to go back home so they can just do something about it and not keep me any longer.

But even last year in July, my dad got ill in Iraq, in Bagdad. I was so keen to get in touch with my father. I told the home office: “Please, just send me back to Bagdad as soon as possible.” They said: “All right, we are trying to deport you.” But that has never happened. Each time they trying to get information from me about the travel documents they come and say: ”Oh, we got all this information about you and we didn’t know its you.” And I say: “Please just go ahead, just take the photo and give me the papers to
sign. Or just do something about it, don’t keep me any longer. Send me anywhere. I don’t mind. Just don’t keep me any longer! But they say what they say and they do what they do. They don’t care! Most of the staff are horrible disrespectful people. They treat us like the absolute enemy. And when we make any complain it becomes much worse and its like suddenly we lost everything. We’re not allowed to work. What we’re doing, the working inside, we get paid a pound for an hour. A pound in an hour! That’s how it is inside.

I have tried to commit suicide 4 times, and I’ve been kept in Harmondsworh detention centre and now I’m still in here. I don’t know what to do! I don’t know what to do!

I have seen many people commit suicide, they killed themselves. I tried to do so and I wasn’t good enough. I was in the hospital in November last year, 2 day, but do they care? No! They said: “He’s ok, he’s eating and sleeping . he’s fit and well to be detained.” How long do I have to stay? Even the prisoners they know when they are going to be released. When it comes to their release day, they know it. But we don’t know anything about it. We just have to wait and see, how long we are going to stay. Day after day, day after day.

It’s too much! Too much! How many times I have tried to commit suicide! I promise, I cannot stay here any longer. But if its going to stay like this, I cannot hold it any longer. If nothing happens till end of March, I have decided already, I am going to take my own life. I’m not going to stay. I don’t want this kind of live behind the door, like a prison. Even a prison is better than this place. This is like a high security prison. We are in a detention centre. That’s not prison. But here, they don’t care. They don’t care at all!

I want to talk about work

First of all, I am a fulltime student which give me the right ot education in the UK and is a human right. I am a full time student of construction at a college – The college gave me full support yet the home office put me in detention. I have a partner here and I’m not a criminal. I find it pretty disgusting – it’s a kind of ethnic cleansing. I don’t see why I should be in detention. – I was one of the best students in my department.

I want to talk about work. There is no induction for people who start work in detention. They pay £1 per hour for any job. I was specifically told that I had no right to work outside of detention. If any company out there employ ‘illegal migrant’ then the company get prosecuted and fined and the migrant get arrested and jailed. But G4S, GEO, SERCO and MITIE all run these detention centres contracted to the Home office  and all employ illegal migrants. They should be prosecuted and fined. They make lots of profit and pay us under minimum wage and treating us like slaves. I find this very disgusting. Why are we being treated in this inhuman way.

People work as cleaners, in the kitchen, some people who wash pans, some that work in the library as an attendant, those who clean tables, people who clean the showers. Every essential part of the centre apart from security staff are all done by detainees who are paid £1 an hour.

The health and safety situation is poor as well. One of my colleagues went to the showers. Under the health and safety rules and regulations under the slips trips and falls – wherever there is a hazard of falling they should put a sign so that people don’t. But that was not there until a week ago. A pad mate slipped and fell and almost brought a claim.

In normal circumstances the first thing that gets done when you’re employed is induction. There are no induction packs whatsoever. No one knows their rights from left. I’m quite educated but for most people in here the system is shambolic. IT’s a place where they cage them just to remove them. Everyone is classified as a danger to the public yet they’ve committed no crime and they come from a war torn area. I’ve seen lots of papers and its like a template, they just classify people. IT’s an administrative thing – categorising migrants all into on section. Once an immigrant family, they designate them a danger t the public and need to remove.

It’s not the Britain I used to live in. It’s all politically motivated. No body is talking about this. WE are being used to make profit, as cash cows for the home office and for the security companies. G4S £148 million last year – where are they making this profit? They are making it from those in prison, from detainees. If they employed people outside to work here, they would be paid 6, 7 pounds an hour. Any other job they would punish people for paying £1 an hour. I think this is double standards.

If I’m allowed to work in here, and I get released – I will not be allowed.

Why do I say that the Home office is involved in this? Because before you get a job in a detention centre, the Home office have to clear you. So they know! They have to clear you, so they are involved. If they don’t clear you, then you don’t get a job. They know this is how much they pay. They know exactly what is going. The Home Office, the medical care and the companies are all involved in this. They know about it – so why is it different? Why should we be marginalised and almost enslaved?

They are scared that the other detainees [on strike] will provoke us.

I am detained in Colnbrook. I have been here 3 months. I’m an educated person. I’m detained here unlawfully. We had a peaceful protest- and we made our point. And we are waiting for a reasonable answer. Because you know, we have a really shameful condition. A lot of people are in this condition and we are detained here unlawfully.

We have a slogan: Persecution is less than the mental abuse that influences completely the health state of each detainee here, however everyone believes we can continually overcome the situation by our peaceful protest and address the message to everybody responsible about this unfavourable position.

We made a letter and the point of grievance, and everyone signed this letter. We sent it to European Court. We sent it to every organisation where we could have a reasonable answer. The European court have answered- they advised us to open- for each of the signatories- to apply to the court on their own behalf.

We want to make it peaceful. We want to challenge this unlawful detention.

We are willing to make hunger strike from Monday in Colnbrook- and everybody is going to share with us this protest. There are more than 400 of us.

The relationship between Home Office and the detainee is like the slave master and the slave- this is the problem. And also the case workers lie about individual cases, and doctor cases to make them suitable for deportation- this is the problem.

These people- they don’t understand. They are not detained here so they don’t understand the situation.

Already we made a point of grievance and we solicit a reasonable answer from the Home Office, and we are waiting for a reasonable.

It is worse than prison…it’s worse than prison.

You know today- the manager they lock up the door to the yard. They are scared that the other detainees will provoke us. They are not complying- it is our right to have fresh air from 9 o’clock to 4 o’clock.

They are provoking us. Everybody is suffering here because of unreasonable time of detention- because nobody knows when they are releasing us. There have been several reports of the impact on mental health of detention.

I suffered in this prison,

I suffered in this prison, because firstly I am a Vegan the is no for me fruits and vegetables proper Vegan meals, just brown beans with curry every day the same! Secondly I am detained here too long, over two month!
Home office refused my baeil my temporary admission, they did not care they broke Article 8 against me and me girlfriend! No one answers on my mails complaining about food, and conditions, managers say that in 14 years they have not seen fruit here, and I will not get them also, and organic Vegan food is to expensive to the company! also they say it is my life style to be a Vegan ! So nothing could be done for me! it is Awful! Home Office did not allowed “Channel_4 or BBS” to get in the prison couple days ago, and saying they are the best Welfare in the EU! this is ridiculous, people are suffering in here for nothing, to be in the prison for asking asylum and to be treated like dog in this bloody place its Awful! Me medical record is confirming the I am ill here, they are destroyed my health, I feel terrible, since I send letter to Home Office, complain about it, after two days they by me a ticket!
Tomorrow is the date to depart. However I patiently fighting for my rights for a human justice and has sent the form to Judicial Review!
I demand bring to justice those responsible those who are guilty of violence Human rights! lawbreakers against Article 3 Human rights, (no torture) Article 8 (family life)…and more you can pull out from me case, complaining letters!
Justice should be for everyone in everywhere!

We solicit a reasonable answer for this shameful situation.

Harmondsworth IRC ,
Colnbrook Bypass,
West-Drayton,
Middlesex,
UB7 0HB.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We the Detainees here at Harmondsworth would clearly like to discuss the matter of the Unreasonable time of detention to enable us to comprehend the current situation because we are suffering from long process of the Home office in dealing our cases. The Home Office had not given any explanation to this unfavourable point which has played a huge negative role in both physical and Mental health state of we the Detainees.
The detention is not qualified to answer our needs and more over this detention centre is not suitable for detainees. Its very similar to a prison instead of calling it a detention centre.
The Slogan of this peaceful protest (The persecution is less than the mental abuse that influences completely the health state of each detainee here, however everyone believes we could continually overcome the situation by our peaceful protest and address the message to everybody responsible about this unfavourable position)
We solicit a reasonable answer for this shameful situation.

 
DETAINEES POINT OF GRIEVANCES

The following are various areas of contention that we believe the centre management and Home Office are not taking into consideration while we detainees are being held in this place.
1. We notice with keen interest that, since January, 2015 just a hand full of detainees have been released from this detention.
2. Since this same period, all Asylum cases has been refused
3. The process of certifying Asylum cases is grossly unfair and unjust. We want to know the criteria for certifying this Asylum cases.
4. Report gathered from reliable sources has it that, the Home Office staff are paid a bonus based on the number of cases treated which exposes our cases to unjust manipulations.
5. The fast track system is so unfair that our cases are not properly been looked into. The incompetence of the caseworkers keep destroying our credibility of our situations.
6. Caseworkers lie about our individual cases and find us to be suitable for deportation, which ultimately guaranties them a bonus.
7. The use of chartered flight to some countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries are so absurd and we strong request that we detainees should be given choices.
8. It is very shameful and unfair for people who have lived in this country for over 10years who have established a family life here in the United Kingdom are not allowed to take personal stuffs with them upon return back to their native countries.
9. We have informations that Home Office group of workers use proxies and gratifications to arrange High Commission Interviews for detainees which is a high criminal offence.
10. There should be a limit to how a detainee is being held. The current practice or undermined length is gross open to abuse and enactment of modern day slavery.
11. In most cases, our bank cards are being held by the Home Office. We are allowed to work for hours here at the centre and we are being paid one (1) pound per hour which is also a modern day slavery.
12. Due to the fact that our bank cards are being held by the Home Office, most essential shopping sites are blocked from the centre in order for those of who know our cards details to use our cards online.
13. The only way we detainees can entertain our selves are based on social media and entertainment sites such as Facebook, twitter, YouTube and other essential and well known media. But all this are restricted , blocked and that alone is affecting us mentally and physically as well.

14. Its very difficult to get in touch with our family members as well as our loved ones and friends.

15. The relationship between Officers and detainees are that of a slave and his master. Addressing detainees in more inhuman and undignified manner.
16. This is an immigration centre and Not a prison. We are Not CRIMINALS and we need to be treated as human beings not Animals.
17. The lock-up of twelve (12) hours per day is not dignify for immigration detainees whereby in some prisons in this country, criminals are not being locked up in such manner.
18. Most of we detainees have got serious health issues and nothing is being done concerning our release which is very contrary to the immigration, detention and Human Rights Acts.
19. It takes ages for a detainees to get a doctors appointment and when you get the appointment, you are not treated well and if you don’t take care, your appointment will be cancelled before the day.
20. There are only three types of food in this detention centre.
(I) porridge for breakfast.
(II) Fish and chips for lunch
(III) plain rice and white chicken with NO SAUCE for dinner.
This has been the only meal here in the detention centre. If you don’t want to eat then you need to provide your own meal.

21. Some of us came into this detention safe and sound but due to depression and the incompetence of the Home Office as well as the detention officers, this has put us in a devastating mood, situation and life threatening cases.
22. Most of us went to seek for asylum by our selves and we are being detained for half a year and over whiles the secretary of state representatives go home and have a nice time with their families.
23. The refusal on everyone’s documents are the same. Meaning it was copied and pasted. Just that they change names, country or origin and other personal details.
24. The health care system here is very poor as well. you go to the healthcare regardless of your sickness and you will be offered PARACETAMOL. whether you get injured or what so ever, you will be offered paracetamol. the only time you are properly checked is when you have a flight and you will be checked to see if you are fit to fly.
25. Lots of we the detainees have got valid applications pending. Applications such as Judicial Review, Discretionary leave to remain, and many other forms or leave to remain in this country that will probably take moths to process and yet still we are not released on bail or temporary admission.
26. There are more than 600 detainees here at Harmondsworth and on the C and D wing has the most population of detainees almost 350 detainees and we have just twelve (12) computers here. This computers are restricted.

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27. This is now becoming alarming and we detainees are tires of being treated like animals.
28. The most important issue at hand now is that we want the Home Office and IRC Harmondsworth to look into the above points and put a stop to the inhuman treatment and psychology torture. We need our freedom.

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LIFE INSIDE HARMONDSWORTH DETENTION CENTRE

Life inside the Harmondsworth Detention centre is like that of a bear. Yes BEAR!!! Just like that of a teddy bear that most kids throw anywhere in the house. You can put your bear on your bed or anywhere and indefinitely, just like we detainees are being treated here in the United Kingdom forgetting us inside the detention centres. Such as if you go for years without looking back the bear will still be there waiting for you. That is the kind of life the Home Office has put we detainees in now.

The modern day slavery I should say. Even animals have ventilations thought all their cages but why are we humans being treated like less human beings. No ventilations in the rooms and we are being paired in rooms with people from different cultures, background and more over we all inhale one breath. Why are offenders in prisons enjoying fresh air and we immigration detainees are been treated like animals. Prisoners have more liberty than we detainees do have. This is simply discrimination of race, ethnics and colours. This British in prisons know they have family and kids here to take proper care of them otherwise the government will face the wrath and problem of the public. Unlike we the immigrants in detention centres. We can be treated anyhow without anyone querying the Almighty Great Britain of her inhuman treatment, psychological and mental torture. Great Britain that proclaimed to be human right champion that could not even uphold the simple human right acts associated with asylum seekers or immigrants in the United Kingdom.

The health institutes all over the world states (most especially in the UK) that we should be careful of what we consume everyday. But the home office does not care about what the management of the detention centre feeds the detainees everyday. PORRIDGE in the Morning, FRIES in the Afternoon and RICE in the Evening. Where is the balanced diet here? This is very absurd and this matters at hand really need to be looked into.

I am a detainee at the Harmondsworth Detention Centre

I am a detainee at the Harmondsworth  Detention Centre. I have been here at this detention centre for more than five (5) months and am here to complain not just for my self but on behalf of all the detainees here. we are mentally tortured here at the detention. some of us came in here safe and sound but due to depression and the incompetence of the Home Office as well as the detention officers have put us in a devastating mood, situation and life threatening cases. The fast track system of the home office is very poor to the highest level. the immigration is just using this system to make money for them selves behind LAW. they rush through our cases and make useless and unnecessary mistakes that goes against us. we are not criminals nor Animals. most of us went to seek for asylum by our selves and we are being detained for half a year and over whiles the secretary of state representatives go home and have a nice time with their families. we are locked up in rooms like ANIMALS. officers in the detention being rude to us as if we are no body or animals. The refusal on everyone’s documents are the same. Meaning it was copied and pasted. Just that they change names, country or origin and other personal details.
HEALTHCARE
The health care system here is very poor as well. you go to the healthcare regardless of your sickness and you will be offered PARACETAMOL. whether you get injured or what so ever, you will be offered paracetamol. the only time you are properly checked is when you have a flight and you will be checked to see if you are fit to fly. when your sickness gets worse, that’s when you are transferred to Hillindon Hospital in North London. even on your way to the hospital, our hands are being cuffed. in my situation, I was even handcuffed to the bed at the hillindon Hospital.
BAIL AND TEMPORAL ADMISSION
most of we the detainees have got valid applications pending. Applications such as Judicial Review, Discretionary leave to remain, and many other forms or leave to remain in this country that will probably take moths to process and yet still we are not released on bail or temporary admission. We are locked up like dogs. Even animals in this country have their rights. Detention is not suppose to be like a prison. But we are treated worse like or more than prisoners. Where is in humanity in This country, where is the Human right in this country. We go for bail and Immigration judges will refuse us because our sorties did not deposit huge amount of money. Is the immigration working with money or are working by law?

POOR FACILITIES
The detention centre here at Harmondsworth has the worst facilities here in England. I have been to four (4) different detention centres here in the UK and Harmondsworth is the worse. I prefer to sleep on the streets than rather being in this useless place, this death trap they call a detention centre. The managers have kept their kids out there and they are enjoying life and we are being treated as SLAVES here. I think slavery is still in existence. Just that this is a modern style of slavery. There are more than 600 detainees here at harmondsworth and on the C and D wing has the most population of detainees almost 350 detainees and we have just twelve (12) computers here. This computers are restricted.

No social media can be assessed. No entertainment sites can be assessed. Only email address. And when you get evidences and documents from your email they refuse to print them out for you. So how does home office want us to get evidences or documents to support our claims and cases. This is very bad. This huge building and we have just 3 washing machine and one dryer working for over 350 detainees. How can this be possible. We have to be cuing in the cold just to get a meal. All the bathrooms are overflowing. Our rooms are cold at night. We sleep in this cold, get sick and when we go the the healthcare, we are being maltreated and given paracetamol. Nurses treat us here as animals. Shout at us and mishandle and maltreat us.

INCOMPETENCE OF THE HOME OFFICE
The Home office is very incompetent. They lie on our cases. If anyone is to lie, it shouldn’t be the Home office. Everything states on our monthly reports are just speculations and lies just to destroy or credibility and genuineness in this countries. They are crafty liars. We have detainees here who have studied law, management, medical and a whole lot. We have a future and we are detained here to ruin our FUTURE. This is pure evilness.

We the detainees at Harmondsworth immigration centre are demanding that

There has been a lot of injustice and inhumane treatment and abusive of human right by the government and home office to asylum seekers in this country.

it isn’t a crime to seek asylum and UK has the highest rate of human right abuse.

in that case we the detainees at Harmondsworth immigration centre are demanding that

(1) all the detainees on fast track process are removed from fast track.
(2) the facilities are outdated and deteriorated.
(3) the health care are poor and detainees can’t see a doctor even in emergency.
(4) detainees are detained unlawfully in the detention centres as if they are criminals.
(5) detainees are given poor food.
(6) physical and mental health of detainees are worst than they were before they came into detention.
(7) detainees are treated as animals by the home office.
(8) due to the vulnerability of many detainees in the centre, some of them cannot afford to hire lawyers and barrister to defend them, the only option they have is to use legal aid appointed by the home office to act on their behalf. those people from legal aid are working hand in hand with the home office.
(9) there is high rate of human trafficking around the centre. the more a detainee is moved from one centre to another the more money the security company get.

Things are not right here.

Things are not right in here. We decided to start the hunger strike from today, others have started yesterday. I think it’s over 100 people. We are not happy with the way things are being done. How decisions are being made by the home office and by the judges who are friends with the case workers. The healthcare is awful – they don’t want to give treatment to suffer from mental health conditions such as my self. I’ve been on medication for depression since before I was detained. And they are refusing to give it to me so they can say I’m fit to be detained. It’s not right. It’s been 6 months now.

My partner who is currently being detained at Harmondsworth

My partner who is currently being detained at Harmondsworth Colnbrook detention centre asked me to contact to inform you of his situation. It’s not very nice at all. First of all he been in this detention centre for nearly two weeks now and he is on medication for health problems and the security and other workers are refusing to give him the medication he needs. What is wrong is if they miss meal times they aren’t allowed to eat when he first arrived at the detention centre he didn’t eat for over 24 hors due to missing meal times with traveling from one detention centre to the other. There’s also many other times when he has missed meal times due to him been ill and weak bed because they haven’t let him have his medication and they haven’t even offered him anything to eat either. He seen people try and commit suicide (cut themselves really bad, what’s not nice to see) due to the way they have been treated in there they lock the cells doors @ 8pm and treat them like prisoners most of them including my partner hasn’t done anything wrong just the home office is refusing everyone who is on fast track not listening to the people just straight refusing then if my partner got sent back to his own country he will be killed I am really scared for him as he is on a fast track but I’m also worred and scared for how Harmondsworth colnebrook detention centre and the home office are treating him. I think its disgusting how they are being treated and something needs to be done about it at the end of the day they are human and with stud what I’ve heard what goes off, I wouldn’t treat an animal like that. Thanks for listening to me.