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Anne Brasseur shocked at conditions in Yarl’s Wood detention centre

“I am shocked and saddened to see the reports and video clips of detention conditions in Yarl’s Wood, and the attitude and treatment by the guards at this British immigration detention centre for women,” said Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“I welcome the announcement by the authorities that there will be a full investigation into what has happened here, but this highlights the very real problems that detainees can face in the opaque world beyond the doors of these centres.”

“Today I visited a detention centre in my home country Luxembourg, using my mandate as a parliamentarian to see for myself what goes on in these places, and I will be inviting my fellow parliamentarians in the United Kingdom to take similar steps, to throw further light on the problems of detainees in this cut-off world.”

The Assembly encourages its members – parliamentarians from the 47 Council of Europe member States – to visit places where migrants are detained, and has produced a guide to assist them.