In January, organisations that usually work inside the Closed Controlled Access Centre (CCAC) lost access to the structure upon the modification of the criterias of entry. I Have Rights’s work was not affected as we were already working outside the prison-like structure, but the sudden policy change left nearly 1,000 residents without access to a doctor in the CCAC.
Early in March, the contract with the interpreters of The European Agency for Asylum expired, leading to all asylum interviews being postponed. This major structural flaw has built on existing tensions and sparked protests from asylum seekers in the CCAC. Some asylum seekers have even expressed their willingness to forgo their right to an interpreter, hoping to be interviewed and be able to leave the island sooner.