REFUGEES IN Liverpool took part in a seven-day hunger strike last week to highlight the appalling conditions in the flats where they live. They were also protesting about the delays in the asylum system, and the large number of rejected asylum applications.
The hunger strike follows a successful demonstration last month against the company which runs two tower blocks in Everton, the Landmark and the Inn on the Park. One of the hunger strikers told Socialist Worker, "We felt we had to take action because no one was listening to us. For over a year we have been promised improvements to the flats, but the conditions are dreadful. There are many families living in cramped conditions and there are rats in the building."
The hunger strike has been suspended for two weeks following negotiations with the government's National Asylum Support System, which promised to carry out an investigation into the company.
Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, also promised to take the hunger strikers' concerns directly to the minister for asylum, Jeff Rooker. One of the hunger strikers said, "This is only a temporary break. We will start our hunger strike again if we don't feel that any progress has been made."
- ANNE ALEXANDER
THE FAMILY of Jevan Richardson, the ten year old black boy who committed suicide in February of this year, are continuing their fight for justice. Jevan killed himself just two months after he had been excluded from St Mary Magdalen's Roman Catholic school in Lewisham, south east London.
He was found hanging from a shower rail at his home in Forest Hill. A dispute over Pok�mon cards culminated in a disagreement between Jevan's mother, Carol Edmunds, and the school's headteacher. This led to Jevan being excluded from school.
The Justice for Jevan Richards campaign are calling for an independent inquiry into his exclusion from school. The inquest into his death returned an open verdict. The Richardson family plan to take action against the school and a number of other statutory authorities.
Manchester Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers
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