Immigration detainees are humans too. Treat them with compassion

They need to be counseled, rather than being stuffed in a plane and thrown out 
4th August 2011: Detainees in immigration detention centre are humans too. Treat them with compassion.
The death of 35-year-old at Campsfield House detention centre in Oxfordshire Tuesday morning has again underscored the need to treat the detainees with empathy and concern. The incident also brings to fore the need to counsel them before their plans for a brighter future in foreign lands are grounded with their flight back home.

Available information suggests the detainee hanged himself in the toilet block as he was anxious and under tremendous pressure. In fact, a fellow detainee has asserted that the victim was being put under pressure. He was being told he had no right to stay in this country.

The inmate added the pressure was too much for people in there.
Otherwise also, widespread concern have over the years been expressed about the treatment of detainees deported from the UK.

Only in October last year, Jimmy Mubenga collapsed and died while he was being deported on a commercial flight from Heathrow. An Angolan refugee, Mubenga was in the custody of guards for a private security company, after his appeal to remain in the European country was rejected.

Mubenga reportedly died 50 minutes after boarding a British Airways flight at Heathrow airport in London on 13 October 2010. He was reportedly surrounded by three guards working for G4S, a private security company, when he died.

An uncomplimentary report by Amnesty International too has revealed shocking details of inhuman behaviour towards foreign nationals in custody by private security guards. The report has also recommended ‘complete and radical overhaul" of the government’s removal process.
Captives claim they have been ‘strangled, beaten and dropped down aircraft steps’ while being extradited by private security firms. The report has also divulged cases in which foreign nationals, being removed from the UK, have ended up with broken bones.

The immigrants come to the strange lands in search of greener pastures. While there is just no justification of landing on the alien shores without valid documents, the fact that they may be here due to compulsion rather than just choice should also be taken into consideration.

Efforts should be made to make them understand that they can’t stay here, rather than being told in curt terms they are to be thrown out. Compassion is the buzz word, lest we have more suicides and precious human lives are lost.


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