Yarl's Wood human rights challenge


Mark Townsend, The Observer, Sunday 11 April 2010

Could this woman’s fight change the way Britain treats asylum seekers?

Most of the desperate mothers who are held at Yarl’s Wood are quickly deported: now four of them are taking the Home Office to court, citing violations of their human rights amid nightmarish conditions. Last month, the High Court ruled that it would hear the women’s claims, a development that means the Home Office will be obliged to demonstrate in open court how Yarl’s Wood complies with the UK’s obligation to asylum seekers and to defend the centre against charges that its treatment of asylum-seeking women and children constitutes a “systematic disregard for human dignity”.  read more>>>