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Hunger Strikes in Immigration Removal Centres

272 detainees went on Hunger Strike Hunger Strike January through December 2019


The management of food refusal in IRCs is handled in line with Detention Services Order (DSO) 3/2013.

Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 any individual over the age of 18 years has the legal right to refuse food and/or fluid. The Act assumes that a person has mental capacity to make their own decisions to refuse food and/or fluid unless it is established they lack that capacity.

IRC suppliers monitor detainees' attendance at mealtimes and keep records of those detainees who have not attended. The reasons for non-attendance are followed up after 24 hours. This information is reported daily to Immigration Enforcement staff at each centre who update a food and fluid refusal escalation log of all cases that have reached the 48 hour point (food refusal) or 24 hour point (fluid refusal). The log also records detainees who have resumed eating and /or drinking in the previous 24 hour period. Detainees who are refusing food and / or fluids are closely monitored by healthcare professionals.

Competent individuals (i.e. those that have been assessed as having mental capacity) are considered to be engaged in a food and/or fluid refusal when they fail to partake in scheduled meals for a period of 48 hours (for food) or 24 hours (for fluids), and have not been confirmed as eating food and/or taking fluid from another source (i.e. items purchased from an IRC shop) and have stated that their reasons for not eating or drinking is as a result of a protest or other grievance.

Editors note: All the data on this page, from Freedom of Information requests to the Home Office


Number of Individuals Recorded as Refusing Meals in Immigration Removal Centres January Through December 2019


Q4 2019 October November December







   
    Brook House
18 0 1    19








Colnbrook

0 0 0    0








Dungavel

0 1 0   1








Harmondsworth
0 0 0    0








Morton Hall
5 5 2   12








Tinsley House
4 0  0   4








Yarl's Wood
3 1 1   5








Sub-Totals

30 7 4    41

Q3 2019 July August September    






  Total
    Brook House
0 1 8   9








Colnbrook

0 0 0    0








Dungavel

0 1 2   3








Harmondsworth
 0 0  0    0








Morton Hall

 1 1  3   5








Tinsley House
1  0 2   3








Yarl's Wood

 0 0 1   1








Sub-Totals

2 3 16   21


Q2 2019 April May June







  Total
    Brook House

1 0 1   2








Colnbrook

7 2 4   13








Dungavel

0 1 0   1








Harmondsworth
30 26 33   89








Morton Hall

1 2 0   3








Tinsley House
0 0 0   0








Yarl's Wood

0 0 0   0











39 31 38   108


Q1 2019 January February March







  Total
    Brook House
4 2 0   6








Colnbrook

6 2 15   23








Dungavel

0 0 0   0








Harmondsworth
13 18 24   55








Morton Hall

4 2 2   8








Tinsley House
2 2 1   5








Yarl's Wood

0 3 2   5











29 29 44   102

Number of Individuals Recorded as Refusing Meals in Immigration Removal Centres January Through December 2018


Q4 2018 October November December






 
    Brook House
1 1 2 4







Campsfield House
0 6 0 6







Colnbrook

0 2 2 4







Dungavel

0 1 1 2







Harmondsworth
2 0 8 10







Morton Hall
4 3 1 8







Tinsley House
0 0 0 0







Yarl's Wood
1 1 2 4










8 14 16 38

Q3 2018 July August September Total






 
    Brook House
1 0 1 2







Campsfield House
0 1 0 1







Colnbrook

2 4 4 10







Dungavel

0 0 0 0







Harmondsworth
6 12 8 26







Morton Hall

3 4 2 9







Tinsley House
0 0 0 0







Yarl's Wood

0 0 0 0










12 21 15 48


Q2 2018 April May June






Total
    Brook House

11 7 9 27







Campsfield House
0 0 0 0







Colnbrook

5 6 3 14







Dungavel

0 0 0 0







Harmondsworth
6 9 6 21







Morton Hall

1 0 2 3







Tinsley House
8 0 1 9







Yarl's Wood

0 0 1 1










31 22 22 75


Q1 2018 January February March






Total
    Brook House
2 2 1 5







Campsfield House
3 2 7 12







Colnbrook

8 13 13 34







Dungavel

0 0 4 4







Harmondsworth
7 11 13 31







Morton Hall

0 2 1 3







Tinsley House
0 0 1 1







Yarl's Wood

26 23 39 88










46 53 79 178

 

Number of Individuals Recorded as Refusing Meals in Immigration Removal Centres January Through December 2017


Q4 2017


Q4 2017 October November December







    Brook House 16 3 7 6







Campsfield
3 2 0 1







Colnbrook

12 5 6 1







Dungavel

1 1 0 0







Harmondsworth
35 4 22 9







Morton Hall
5 2 1 2







The Verne
2 2 0 0







Tinsley House
2 2 0 0







Yarl's Wood
69 22 15 32










145 43 51 51

Q3 2017




Q3 2017 July August Septem







    Brook House

143 30 43 70







Campsfield House
4 1 1 2







Colnbrook

8 5 2 1







Dungavel

3 0 2 1







Harmondsworth
18 2 5 11







Morton Hall
3 2 0 1







The Verne
8 3 2 3







Tinsley House
5 2 1 2







Yarl's Wood
74 29 23 22










266 74 79 113


Q2 2017




Q2 2017 April May June







    Brook House

133 69 44 20







Campsfield House
4 3 0 1







Colnbrook

17 5 3 9







Dungavel

1 1 0 0







Harmondsworth
20 12 2 6







Morton Hall
7 1 3 3







The Verne
4 0 2 2







Tinsley House
12 0 0 12







Yarl's Wood
83 24 30 29










281 115 84 82


Q1 2017


Q1 2017 January February March







    Brook House 207 53 69 85







Campsfield House 8 3 2 3







Colnbrook 9 6 1 2







Dungavel 3 0 1 2







Harmondsworth 11 6 0 5







Morton Hall 4 3 1 0







The Verne 2 1 1 0







Tinsley House
Closed Closed Closed







Yarl's Wood 85 22 25 38








329 94 100 135

 

Number of Individuals Recorded as Refusing Meals in Immigration Removal

 

Q4 2016
  January February  
Brook House
83 24 30  






Campsfield 1 0 0  






Cedars
Closed








Colnbrook
52 25 21  






Dungavel
2 2 0  






Harmondsworth 20 2 5  






Morton Hall
15 4 7  






The Verne
6 1 1  






Tinsley House Closed








Yarl's Wood
76 24 22  








255


 

Centres January Through December 2016

 

Q3 2016
  July August  September
    Brook House
66 23 23 20






Campsfield House 6 2 1 3






Cedars
0 0 0 0






Colnbrook
10 4 3 3






Dungavel
6 1 4 1






Harmondsworth 35 8 11 16






Morton Hall 12 2 4 6






The Verne 9 6 2 1






Tinsley House 35 17 10 8






Yarl's Wood 39 19 7 13








218



Q2 2016
  April May June
Brook House
67 25 32 10






Campsfield House 7 3 3 1






Cedars
0 0 0 0






Colnbrook
7 0 4 3






Dungavel
1 0 1 0






Harmondsworth 56 11 34 11






Morton Hall
14 5 3 6






The Verne
7 1 2 4






Tinsley House 30 9 14 7






Yarl's Wood
82 23 23 36






Total
271




Q1 2016

Jan Feb March






Brook House 100 36 40 24






Campsfield 11 4 2 5






Cedars
0 0 0 0






Colnbrook 14 6 3 5






Dungavel 0 0 0 0






Harmondsworth 23 2 4 17






Morton Hall 16 3 4 9






The Verne 3 0 2 1






Tinsley House 20 8 4 8






Yarl's Wood 66 19 20 27






Total
253




 

Number of Individuals Recorded as Refusing Meals in Immigration Removal Centres October/November/December 2015

Q4 2015

Oct Nov Dec






Brook House 83 28 25 30






Campsfield 30 8 11 11






Cedars
0 0 0 0






Colnbrook 28 11 11 6






Dungavel 0 0 0 0






Harmondsworth 29 6 10 13






Morton Hall 20 4 12 4






The Verne 5 0 1 4






Tinsley House 34 14 13 7






Yarl's Wood 55 16 22 17






Total
284