The UK government and the company running Yarl’s Wood immigration removal center should be held liable for turning a blind eye to abuses, including physical and sexual assaults, that allegedly happened there, says human rights activist Peter Tatchell.
A former detainee of Yarl’s Wood immigration removal center told RT they were “treated like animals.” 35-year-old Ugandan asylum seeker, Juliet Nantambi, came to the UK to escape persecution for being gay. She described the three months spent in Yarl’s Wood last year as a “horrendous” experience.
Inmates of the facility at Milton Ernest in Bedfordshire have been abused by prison guards, according to a Channel 4 investigation. The detention camp’s female detainees claim that they were on suicide watch, were bullied and watched by male guards while in the toilet, shower and bed. More than 30 allegations of sexual abuse are currently being investigated. There have also been two controversial deaths there since 2001 when the facility opened.