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Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid : Self arm in UK immigration detention July-September 2013

Article posted the 2014/02/01

The following is a summary of the incidents of self-harm reported in the UK’s immigration detention facilities. It was disseminated by the No Deportations mailing list and includes information provided to No Deportations by the UK Border Agency.

There were 94 suicide attempts, 2 less than the previous quarter. Morton Hall IRC had a 600 percent increase; 13 compared to 2 in the previous quarter. 624 Individuals on Formal Self-Harm at Risk, 126 less than previous quarter, 4 of these were at the ‘Cedars’.

There was one death: Tahir Mehmood, aged 43 a national of Pakistan: Died in Pennine House STHC on 26 Friday July 2013. ‘He was refusing to leave the centre because he feared police torture and detention in Pakistan but the UK Border Agency (UKBA) refused to listen to his pleas for sanctuary in Britain.’

‘No-Deportations’ asked UKBA for figures on self-harm in immigration detention between July and September 2013 inclusive, under the following headings:

1. Number of individuals on formal self-harm at risk,

2. Number of incidents of self-harm requiring medical treatment,

3. Number of deaths if any.

In Campsfield House, Brook House, Colnbrook, Dover, Dungavel, Harmondsworth, Haslar, Morton Hall, Tinsley House, Yarl’s Wood IRC’s, any Short Term Hold Centres and Cedars pre-departure accommodation. Their response:

There has been one death at Pennine House Short-Term Holding Facility in July 2013

Data requested on self-harm is as below:

Number of incidents of self-harm requiring medical treatment Q3/2013:

Total   Jul-13 Aug-13 Sep-13

Brook House     19      13      3       3

Campsfield House      3       1    1      1

Colnbrook               6       4       0       2

Dover          12      2       5       5

Dungavel               0       0       0       0

Harmondsworth   1       0      0       1

Haslar          4       1       0       3

Morton Hall     13      2       5       6

Tinsley House   2       1       1       0

Yarl’s Wood     33      9       12      12

Larne           0       0       0       0

Pennine House   1       0       0       1

Cedars        0       0       0       0

Subtotal       94      33      27      34

Individuals on Formal Self-Harm at Risk in Immigration Detention Q3/2013:

Total   Jul-13  Aug-13  Sep-13

Brook House     130     49      48      33

Campsfield House      40      12      15      13

Colnbrook               104     36      27      41

Dover          39      12      15      12

Dungavel              21      6       9       6

Harmondsworth   78      29      30      19

Haslar          10      6       1       3

Morton Hall     54      13      19      22

Tinsley House   51      22      14      15

Yarl’s Wood    97      25      33      39

Larne           0       0       0       0

Pennine House   5       1       2       2

Cedars          4       2       0       2

Subtotal        624     210     211     203

See this article online:
http://frlan.tumblr.com/post/71890657114/self-harm-in-uk-immigration-detention-july-september