Faith leaders demand that detention period for immigrants is limited to maximum of 28 days – The Independent

Posted July 6th, 2015 in detention, immigration, news, time limits by sally

‘Leading members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities are joining forces to demand that the Government end its controversial policy of indefinite detention for immigrants, and limit detention to a maximum of 28 days. Britain is the only country in Europe not to have a time limit on how long immigrants can be held.’
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The Independent, 5th July 2015

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100 asylum seekers to be released as detention system is suspended – The Guardian

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in asylum, detention, immigration, news by tracey

‘800 cases to be reviewed after immigration minister suspends “detained fast-track” system following court ruling that appeals part of system was ‘structurally unfair.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2015

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Government should address core Libya rendition allegations, judge rules – The Guardian

‘The government should address the core allegations of 12 claimants who say they were kidnapped, tortured, subject to control orders or tricked into travelling to Libya where they were detained or mistreated, a high court judge has said.’

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The Guardian, 1st July 2015

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Regina (Detention Action) v First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and others – WLR Daily

Regina (Detention Action) v First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and others [2015] EWHC 1689 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 267

‘The fast track rule regime in the Schedule to the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Rules 2014 was ultra vires.’

WLR Daily, 12th June 2015

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Detained asylum seekers to be able to apply for bail – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, bail, detention, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘Hundreds of failed asylum seekers in immigration detention centres will be able to apply to be freed on bail, the Home Office is expected to confirm shortly.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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UK’s ‘structurally unfair’ asylum appeals process suspended by court after legal challenge – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, charities, detention, news, refugees by sally

‘A court has suspended the UK’s fast-track asylum appeals system after a legal challenge by a charity that says it is “structurally unfair”.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Why one failed asylum seeker trended – while many others do not – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2015 in asylum, deportation, detention, immigration, internet, news by sally

‘The term “failed asylum seeker” doesn’t usually elicit huge sympathy in the UK – so why did thousands rally behind one man deported this week?’

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BBC News, 13th June 2015

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Fast-track asylum system ‘unlawful’, High Court rules – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, deportation, detention, immigration, news, ultra vires by sally

‘The future of a key part of the government’s system to remove failed asylum seekers is in doubt after the High Court ruled it was unlawful.’

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BBC News, 12th June 2015

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Yarl’s Wood holding vulnerable women for too long, say monitors – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2015 in detention, immigration, mental health, news, women by sally

‘Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre is holding vulnerable women for too long in conditions that are causing them serious distress and are not suitable for those with mental health problems, according to a damning independent report.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2015

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Detainees ‘confused’ by legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 4th, 2015 in detention, immigration, legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘Legal aid cuts in immigration cases have created a climate of confusion and mistrust in detention centres, according to a pressure group’s research.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd June 2015

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B v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Regina (B) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission – WLR Daily

Posted May 21st, 2015 in appeals, bail, deportation, detention, immigration, law reports by sally

B v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Regina (B) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission [2015] EWCA Civ 445; [2015] WLR (D) 210

‘Where a person’s detention by the Home Secretary, purportedly made pursuant to paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 3 to the Immigration Act 1971 as amended, pending deportation was unlawful, or where a person not currently in detention could not lawfully be detained under that provision, bail could not be granted pursuant to paragraphs 22 and 29 of Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act, as amended.’

WLR Daily, 6th May 2015

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Theresa May pledges £15m to keep mentally ill people out of police cells – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2015 in budgets, detention, mental health, news, police by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, is to pledge up to £15m of new funding to provide health-based alternatives for the 4,000 people a year who spend time in detention in police cells under the Mental Health Act.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2015

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Best interests of children in immigration cases – Free Movement

Posted May 15th, 2015 in children, detention, immigration, news by tracey

‘Those working with migrant children have known this all along, but in March we had some official confirmation from a Parliamentary committee: the situation of migrant children in the UK is getting worse, not better.’

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Free Movement, 14th May 2015

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Unease over police trial of hi-tech DNA machines amid fears that civil liberties could be infringed – The Independent

Posted April 22nd, 2015 in contamination, detention, DNA, forensic science, news, police by sally

‘Police forces across the UK are trialling technology that allows officers to analyse DNA samples in custody suites, amid fears that civil liberties could be infringed and evidence compromised.’

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The Independent, 21st April 2015

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What is a “reasonable period” for immigration detention? – Free Movement

Posted April 10th, 2015 in deportation, detention, immigration, news by tracey

‘In a short but powerful judgment the Court of Appeal has clarified the approach to continued detention on the basis that removal can be effected within a reasonable time. The decision is also important for the analysis of case law concerning detention where the prospects of effecting return depend upon changing circumstances in the proposed destination country.’

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Free Movement, 10th April 2015

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Court has no “superhero” jurisdiction says Home Office in unlawful detention case – Free Movement

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in detention, expert witnesses, immigration, mental health, news by sally

‘In the case of Xue v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 825 (Admin) the Home Office claimed that the court had no “superhero” jurisdiction and could not or should interfere with the right of the Secretary of State indefinitely to detain a foreign national. Happily for the woman concerned, who was detained for two years at the Yarl’s Wood detention camp before being released and who during that time underwent a catastrophic decline in mental and physical health, Mrs Justice Laing disagreed. A finding of unlawful detention was made and some very limited damages were awarded covering only the final month of her detention.’

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Free Movement, 2nd April 2015

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Yarl’s Wood migrant ‘can sue government over prescribed drug’ – BBC News

‘A migrant who claims her psychosis was triggered by medication given to her at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre is to be allowed to sue the government.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2015

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Illegal immigrant sex offender wins compensation – Daily Telegraph

‘Naseer Chawki, who was jailed for “revolting” sex crimes on a train, is in line for thousands of pounds after a judge ruled he had been unlawfully detained after completing a jail sentence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2015

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No convictions over 500 black and Asian deaths in custody – The Guardian

‘More than 500 black and ethnic minority individuals have died in suspicious circumstances while in state detention over the past 24 years, but not a single official has been successfully prosecuted, a report examining institutional racism has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2015

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Men allegedly tortured by UK troops plan to go to court over report – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2015 in armed forces, detention, intelligence services, Iraq, news, torture by tracey

‘Lawyers acting for two men who were jailed for 10 years without trial and say they were tortured after being seized by British troops in Iraq, plan to take the body responsible for investigating the case to court, claiming it is failing to seek potentially vital evidence from the US.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2015

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