How often must we investigate torture? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 21st, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, detention, human rights, Iraq, news, torture, war by tracey

‘Al-Saadoon & Ors v. Secretary of State for Defence [2016] EWCA Civ 811, 9 September 2016. This post concerns the extent of any obligations imposed on the UK to investigate violations of non-refoulement (under Article 3, ECHR) and arbitrary deprivation of liberty (Article 5, ECHR). The non-refoulement issue arose from two individuals whom had been captured by British forces in Iraq claimed they were transferred to American custody and subsequently ill-treated. The Article 5 issue arose from the detention by British forces in Iraq of several individuals who claimed to have had their Article 5 rights violated whilst in British custody.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th September 2016

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The terror of young offender institutions – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2016 in detention, inquiries, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

‘Levels of violence in young offender institutions have been described as unacceptably high, with inmates and staff facing the daily threat of beatings and stabbings. The government is promising a thorough review of the system. But what’s life like for young people who get locked up?’

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BBC News, 12th September 2016

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Child held in police cells for two nights over non-payment of fine – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 5th, 2016 in children, detention, fines, mental health, news, police by sally

‘A 15-year-old boy with mental health problems was held in police cells for two nights over the non-payment of a small fine, in a case that is now being challenged in the courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th September 2016

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Under-18 terror detainments triple in two years – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2016 in detention, news, statistics, terrorism, young offenders by sally

‘The number of under-18s detained under the Terrorism Act when entering or leaving the UK has more than tripled over two years, new figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2016

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Man who shot wife at care home sentenced to six years in psychiatric hospital – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2016 in care homes, detention, elderly, firearms, homicide, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who shot his 81-year-old wife dead at a care home has been sentenced to six years in a psychiatric hospital.’

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The Guardian, 24th August 2016

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Romanian murderer could receive £500,000 payout for being unlawfully detained at an immigration centre – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 11th, 2016 in damages, deportation, detention, EC law, murder, news by tracey

‘ Romanian murderer could be paid up to £500,000 damages from the government after a court ruled his detention at an immigration centre was unlawful.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2016

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Immigration centre staff told: Put ‘disobedient’ detainees in solitary confinement – even if it could kill them – The Independent

Posted August 4th, 2016 in detention, immigration, news by Mark L

‘People held at Britain’s immigration removal centres can be thrown into solitary confinement against medical advice and held for hours without any explanation, according to new guidance set to be issued to guards by the Home Office.’

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The Independent, 2nd August 2016

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Why children should be barred from cells – Legal Voice

Posted July 26th, 2016 in children, detention, news, police by sally

‘Shauneen Lambe explains why Just for Kids Law is calling for urgent reform in the way arrested children are treated.’

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Legal Voice, 26th July 2016

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Migrant children are being failed by UK, says Lords committee report – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2016 in asylum, children, detention, immigration, news, refugees, reports, select committees by sally

‘The UK is shirking its responsibility to care for thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, dismissing them as “somebody else’s problem”, a report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Government accused of scrapping pledge to end child detention in prison-style immigration removal centres – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in children, detention, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Government has been accused of quietly ditching its policy of ending child detention in prison-style immigration centres after it announced the closure of new flagship accommodation for families being removed from the UK.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2016

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Teenager sues after repeatedly being held overnight in police cell – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2016 in children, detention, local government, news, police, young persons by tracey

‘Test case against Met police and Islington council brought on behalf of 14-year-old boy by Just for Kids Law, which says cells are not fit places for children.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Yarl’s Wood detention centre staff replaced by ‘self-service kiosks’ – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2016 in budgets, contracting out, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘Staff are being replaced by “self-service kiosks” at the troubled Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre as the main way of driving through a £42m cut in the costs of a new Home Office contract to run the centre, it has been disclosed.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2016

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Battle to stop Jack Straw facing Libya rendition charges – The Guardian

‘The government has spent at least £600,000 of taxpayers’ money trying to prevent a civil case being brought against it by a husband and wife who allege that British intelligence was complicit in their detention, rendition and torture.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2016

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Home Office loses test case on asylum seekers ‘who look 18 or older’ – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2016 in asylum, children, detention, evidence, immigration, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘A test case judgment has been handed down in the high court preventing the Home Office from detaining child asylum seekers just because officials think they look 18 or older.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2016

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Keeping up to date with inquest law in a clinical context: can a medical patient be treated as “detained by the state”? – Cloisters

Posted June 15th, 2016 in detention, inquests, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Those regularly instructed to represent families at inquests will no doubt already be familiar with the valuable resource that is the Chief Coroner and his website, as well as the extremely useful sites of membership organizations like Inquest and AvMA. If it’s been a little while since your last instructions, and lack of funding makes an open source particularly attractive.’

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Cloisters, 6th June 2016

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Families separated for immigration purposes – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government. Some had entered the country irregularly and were quickly removed. Others were detained pending removal or deportation. More than half of them were released back into the community, meaning that their detention had served no purpose.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th June 2016

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Home Office refuses to reveal whether women in Yarl’s Wood have been raped in case it ‘damages the commercial interests’ of companies – The Independent

‘Last year, the chief prisons inspector called Yarl’s Wood ‘a place of national concern’ following concerns over alleged sexual abuse and intimidation of women detained there.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2016

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EU Court rules no jail for illegal migrants – BBC News

Posted June 8th, 2016 in deportation, detention, EC law, immigration, news, time limits by sally

‘Non-EU migrants illegally entering an EU state in the Schengen zone should not face detention on those grounds, says the European Court of Justice.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2016

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IPCC criticises Sussex police over hooding of disabled 11-year-old girl – The Guardian

‘Sussex police have been strongly criticised by the force watchdog after an 11-year-old disabled girl was hooded, handcuffed and detained in custody for a total of more than 60 hours.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2016

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High Court strikes down unfair decision in DFT of vulnerable victim of torture – Free Movement

Posted May 27th, 2016 in asylum, damages, detention, false imprisonment, news, torture by tracey

‘In the first judgment of its kind since the suspension of the Detained Fast Track on 2 July 2015, the High Court struck down the Home Secretary’s refusal and certification of an asylum claim which was made in the structurally unfair and unjust Detained Fast Track (DFT) and ordered the Home Secretary to remake the decision afresh without regard to material obtained in the unfair process. The case is R (on the application of Zafar) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 1217 (Admin).’

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Free Movement, 25th May 2016

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