Social Work Action Network (SWAN) London has recently become aware of the awful experiences of social and health care Daniel Roque Hall has received in the criminal justice system. SWAN London urge you to support the Justice for Daniel Roque Hall campaign. This is an straight forward issue of defending this man's article 3 rights against torture, inhumane and degrading treatment. Daniel is a thirty-year-old disabled person from north London with multiple impairments, who nearly died from the abuse and neglect he suffered while imprisoned at Wormwood Scrubs. Daniel is in an advanced stage of Friedrich’s Ataxia – an inherited, degenerative disease which causes progressive damage to the nervous system. Daniel is still in hospital – where he has been since 22nd August – and it is unlikely that he will fully recover from the damage done to him.
A number of SWAN members have signed a letter to the Ministry of Justice about Daniel's experiences and to call for Daniel to serve the remainder of his 3.5 year sentence in an environment fully capable of meeting his needs, or tagged at home. Please read the copy of this letter below which will be sent on 31st October. If you would like to add your name to the letter before it is submitted to the Ministry of Justice, please email swanlondon [at] googlemail.com by the end of Monday 29th October stating your fulll name and organisation.
Please also join the vigil 1pm, Thursday 25th October Ministry of Justice Petty France London SW1H 9AJ
Alan White produced a good blog article on Daniel's experiences for New Statesman which you can read here and the statement on Daniel's situation from Ataxia UK - the national Ataxia charity - here.
Click here for the Justice for Daniel Roque Hall facebook page.
Click here to sign the Justice for Daniel Roque Hall petition.
SWAN understands that John McDonnell MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on the Home Secretary to intervene in Daniel's case on humanitarian grounds. Please contact your MP and ask him / her to sign EDM 631; there is an outside chance it may lead to a debate in the House of Commons.
Finally, please see the video below made a couple of months ago, when Daniel was still in Wormwood Scrubs.
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