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RAPAR Manchester

RAPAR Manchester is crowdfunding

raised of £5,000 target by 47 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to enable Shay Babagar and RAPAR to build on Shay’s 35-day hunger strike to challenge Serco’s treatment of 'hotel' residents seeking asylum.

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Registered Charity Number: 1095961 // Company Number: 4387010

For Shay’s full story please see


This crowdfunder is to help Shay's family in their test case against Serco, a global corporation contracted by the Home Office to provide asylum accommodation. The case is part of a wider campaign to change conditions in the controversial 'contingency hotels' now - and to push for removal of Serco's Home Office contract in the long-term. Please help us to fund Shay's family's transport and accommodation costs in this very important test case that could help everyone housed in contingency hotels.

Political refugee Shay Babagar began hunger striking on the 2nd of November to expose the treatment and conditions at Serco-managed contingency hotels housing people seeking asylum. Both RAPAR and the local authority covering the area have expressed deep concerns about conditions at the hotel.

Shay took this drastic action for 35 days because his complaints, and those of others who have been stuck in the hotels for up to two years in some cases, were largely being ignored. Shay stopped his strike to avoid irreversible physical damage to his body. Now, refusing to return to the Serco-managed hotel where they say they were treated inhumanely and assaulted, Shay, his wife and child are in temporary accomodation, funded by this crowdfunder.

We have set up this crowdfunder as part of a wider campaign to change conditions in Serco-run hotels now - and to push for the removal of the Home Office's contract with Serco - this campaign with Shay's family is a very important test case that could help everyone housed in contingency hotels. Please help us to enable Shay and his family find safety and justice by raising money here for travel and accommodation costs.

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    • Simone and Gareth

      Simone and Gareth

      Feb 15, 2023

      Sending love and solidarity to Shay and his family - what incredible courage you have!


    • Penny


      Feb 6, 2023

      I hope that your situation improves


    • Jane


      Feb 4, 2023

      Thank you RAPAR for never giving up on anyone.


    • Jane Sweet

      Jane Sweet

      Feb 3, 2023


    • Anonymous


      Feb 1, 2023


    • Lucie


      Jan 31, 2023


    • Rogelio Braga

      Rogelio Braga

      Jan 31, 2023

      Solidarity and good luck! ✊🏼


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    RAPAR Manchester

    RAPAR Manchester


    RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Participatory Action Research) is a human rights organisation based in Manchester, UK, which is primarily concerned with displaced people, and issues relating to displaced people.

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