RAPAR has recently learned of further human rights abuses in a SERCO-run hotel in Greater Manchester.
As part of our on-going campaign - SERCO MUST GO! - we have written a letter to Stockport City Council leader to describe the hotel's conditions and violations in terms of education, health, food, maintenance and cleanliness, security, freedom of movement, and staff behaviour.
This open letter is based on reports from the hotel's residents, RAPAR members.
The letter begins:
Dear Mr Hunter
Profound concerns about safeguarding and security at the Home Office subcontracted SERCO-controlled hotel located within the Stockport Council boundary
I write to you as a member of the Human Rights organisation RAPAR and a Greater Manchester resident.
Over the last ten days several RAPAR members who are in the National Asylum and Support system have begun to share extremely disturbing information about safeguarding and security issues related to the Stockport located SERCO run hotel that houses people seeking asylum. (You will of course know the name and location of this hotel and appreciate that it is not appropriate for me to disclose it in this Open Letter from RAPAR, thereby creating further safeguarding issues. Its identity is included in my cover email to you.)
View the open letter here: Open letter from RAPAR to Stockport Council
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John also visited the RAPAR office and spoke to some of our members who have been forced into destitution by the asylum system.
Read his article here - the interviews at RAPAR are covered in the final part of the article.