More than 49,000 people have signed an online petition asking Home Secretary Theresa May to end detention of women asylum seekers.
“Right now, there are hundreds of women locked up in Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire. These women have not committed any crime. They have come to this country to seek asylum, to find refuge from persecution,” says the petition backed by Women for Refugee Women and several other organisations.
It was launched by Meltem Avcil who was locked up in Yarl’s Wood detention centre in 2007 for three months when she was just 13 years old, with her mother.
“I joined the campaign against detaining children for immigration purposes and we won that campaign in 2010 when the government announced that it wouldn’t detain children any more in Yarl’s Wood,” says Ms Avcil. “However, I saw what my mother went through when she was in detention and I worry that many women like her are still being locked up. If a woman has already experienced rape, torture, imprisonment in her home country then it is really hard for her to be locked up here. Women become depressed and suicidal in detention.”
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