Renewed calls to close Dungavel after death

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​Campaigner calls Dungavel a human rights violation 

20th September 2017 by Robert Armour 1 Comment

Dungavel is a human rights violation and should be shut down.

Anti-racism campaigner Robina Qureshi made the call after the body of a Chinese man was found at the detention centre on Tuesday.

Officers from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

However Qureshi, director of refugee and migrant homelessness charity Positive Action in Housing, said the “psychological terror” faced by inmates at the centre and the fact several suicides had occurred, meant it wasn’t fit for purpose.

She hit out: “The fact that we know nothing more than that a Chinese man died is typical media crisis management on the part of the Home Office.

“We get to know very little about what goes on inside Dungavel or most detention prisons. It is worse than a prison. 

“In a prison, you know what crime you committed and when you are getting out.

“What worse psychological terror can there be than to be locked up indefinitely despite having committed no crime?

“It’s about time this human rights violation was shut down.”

Plans were announced last year to close Dungavel at the end of 2017, with a short-term holding centre to be built in Paisley.

However, Renfrewshire Council's planning board rejected the application and the Home Office confirmed Dungavel will remain open.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that a male Chinese national who was detained at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre was found dead on 19 September.

"Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this very sad time.

"As is the case with any death in detention, the police have been informed and a full independent investigation will be conducted by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

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21st September 2017 by Angus McKay

Robina Quershi, CEO and founder of Positive Action in Housing who awards herself an annual salary of £60,000 - £69,000 jumps in with another excuse to close Dungavel. We don’t know why and how the Chinese man died - results of the investigation have not been published. Ms Quershi, what’s your alternative to Dungavel holding centre, where would you hold the refused asylum seekers whilst they are awaiting repatriation to their own countries? You wouldn’t hold them, you would just let them stay here - thought so.