Press Release – Hicham Refuses To Be Transported To Fifth Detention Centre (31/05/08)

Following the cancellation order on his deportation and despite being unjustly incarcerated for over two weeks, Hicham Yezza has received news that he is to be transported to a fifth detention centre. He released this statement today from Colnbrook immigration removal centre:

“I have just been informed that I am to be moved to a detention centre in Dover. This would be the fifth movement in 9 days and is therefore unacceptable. It is deeply saddening for both myself and my visitors; it is also a great source of distress at this time and an affront to human dignity and my human right to be treated with respect and consideration. I am thus categorically refusing to go.

I am not a piece of luggage but a human being, and deserve to be treated as such.”

Despite the existence of a long term facility adjacent to Hicham’s current location he is once more being transported. Hicham’s dignity should not come second to the interests of private sector detention centres whose main aim is to delay release procedures and maximise profits. Given that the outcome of his bail application is imminent further transportation is unnecessary, such disruption would not only violate Hicham’s right to private life through contact with visitors and the outside world, but also places a needless burden on the tax payer.

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5 responses to “Press Release – Hicham Refuses To Be Transported To Fifth Detention Centre (31/05/08)

  1. Richard Pilgrim

    This is more Kafka-esque than Kafka! What can the purpose of such a transfer serve? Who is making these decisions, and why? This is a total waste of money and insidiously fascist. What happened to common sense?

  2. Deborah Ainscoe

    It is indeed ‘ common sense’ being the operative word.
    What does Hich’s solicitor think of this? and more importantly what does he suggest Hich do.

  3. Sadly, these decisions are made by a strategic operative at the Immigration. Countless arguments with senior staff at detention centres in the past has informed us that they receive their instructions from the Immigration department. On some occasions we have known detainees given medication to help them sleep ( on request) only to be woken an hour later to be moved across the country. As the journey is not always direct, as they will be picking up passengers along the way, a short journey can be a very long journey. I am sorry that H is experiencing the awful reality of the system which can see individuals and families with small children detained for many many months, and moved back and forth for no clear reason.

  4. Elvir Hasedzic

    I saw this news today and my initial thought was “I cant believe this, is this a joke or what?”

    I know Hich for over 10 years and we were great friends at Uni and just because some admin sees this document that does mean that Hich is a terrorist. I wonder if I print image of AK-47 gun does that mean I have garage full of guns?… This is so embarrassing, dumb, stupid, … you fill the gaps.

    Everyday I ask myself one question, why there are so many thick people on this planet?

    Hope you get out soon bro and continue research, as this research is valuable to “our” safe society.

    Peace to all

  5. Apart from trying to make it hard for Hich and his supporters, these frquent moves serve another, perhaps more inportant (to the authorities) reason: Hich is an activist, and will build links and garner support from other inmates, he will also help people with their cases, and highlight abuses.

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