"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Free Movement : Yashika Bageerathi and the Family Returns Process


'The story of Yashika Bageerathi has touched many. A bright student brought to the UK by her mother with her siblings to escape domestic violence at home in Mauritius, she has a promising future here if allowed to remain. Because she has turned 18 and is no longer a child, though, the Home Office has apparently separated her case from that of her mother and siblings and is trying to enforce her return independently.

'I’m seeing some pretty odd reports on Twitter, though, so thought a bit of legal background might be useful. Basically, I can’t see how an airline can refuse to take someone who would be leaving voluntarily, albeit under huge pressure from the immigration authorities...'


https://twitter.com/chunkymark :
'A woman passed away on mother's day.Died from a heart attack in Yarlswood Detention Centre.. Where healthcare is paracetamol for everything'

https://twitter.com/Heather_Jones5 :
'Working with detained asylum seekers shocked by system that treats women as though they don't matter in country that should know better.' 

https://twitter.com/DannyShawBBC :
'Mauritius News claims Yarl's Wood woman died of heart attack after complaining of feeling unwell for several days. Reports unconfirmed.'

https://twitter.com/fatimamanji :
'Now campaigner says 's case comes in a climate of disbelief of asylum seekers
' says all sad at death of another detainee at Yarlswood today. Another detainee told me all the women there are v emotional

https://twitter.com/ncadc :
'Home office confirms report- woman died in #YarlsWood today. Time to end detention of these women
https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/theresa-may-british-home-secretary-end-the-detention-of-women-who-seek-asylum  '

'Emma Mlotshwa, co-ordinator of the charity Medical Justice, which works to protect the health of immigration detainees, said: "We are shocked but not surprised to hear of this tragic death. Any death in immigration detention is avoidable as immigration detention is optional.' :http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/30/yarls-wood-immigration-centre-detainee-dies?CMP=twt_fd

Interview with a Yarls Wood child detainee, parts 1 and 2 :


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