michael c | 19.05.2004 09:05 | Migration
Positive Action in Housing is calling for a full enquiry into the death of a 27 year old man, understood to be an asylum seeker, who was found dead today (Tuesday 18 May) around 3.00pm at an address used to house refugees seeking asylum in the UK.
Robina Qureshi, Director of Positive Action in Housing, said:
“Our condolences go to the family of this man who, we suspect, may still not know he has died. We understand that the police are not conducting a major enquiry into this man’s death. We call on the police to carry out a full enquiry into the death of this man because we suspect he may have committed suicide while awaiting a decision by the Home Office on his asylum application in the UK.
“Through our destitution service, we know of other would be refugees who have attempted suicides after the torture of going through a dehumanising asylum process. Many destitute people have suffered mental breakdowns as a result of the home Secretary’s get tough asylum policy, they have no where to go and no one to turn to because they are not allowed recourse to public services under David Blunkett’s asylum policy”.
Only last month, three Iranian asylum seekers ended a six week hunger strike after being threatened with eviction and absolute destitution by NASS.