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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Logan Peters killed himself following police custody – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2016 in detention, inquests, mental health, news, restraint, suicide by tracey

‘A series of police failures caused a man to kill himself a day after being released from custody, an inquest found.’

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BBC News, 27th May 2016

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Serial killer Joanna Dennehy loses claim her human rights are being violated – The Independent

Posted May 27th, 2016 in detention, human rights, murder, news, prisons by tracey

‘Serial killer Joanna Dennehy has lost her High Court claim that she is entitled to damages for human rights violations after being placed in solitary confinement in jail.’

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The Independent, 26th May 2016

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Independent Monitoring Board slams Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres – Free Movement

‘What were Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Detention Centres have been brought under the same management, and are now called Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres. Nonetheless, as the Independent Monitoring Board’s report shows, detention centres by another name still have their same old problems. The Board’s recommendations focus on treatment of vulnerable people, both mentally and physically.’

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Free Movement, 23rd May 2016

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Teenage girls given 12 months youth detention over Facebook baby kidnap plot – The Independent

‘Two teenage girls have been sentenced to 12 months youth detention for conspiracy to kidnap babies in September last year.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2016

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Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court – The Guardian

‘Compensation claims for torture, rape, wrongful detention and forced labour brought by 40,000 Kenyans who allege they were mistreated by British officials during the Mau Mau insurgency are due to be heard in the high court in London on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2016

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Man found guilty of manslaughter for road rage stabbing of solicitor – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2016 in complaints, detention, families, health, homicide, inquiries, news by sally

‘The family of a retired solicitor stabbed to death by a man with known mental health problems following a minor car accident has criticised the NHS for failings that left him free to kill.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2016

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Paranoid schizophrenic man who pushed passenger onto Tube tracks sent to mental health hospital ‘indefinitely’ – The Independent

Posted May 17th, 2016 in assault, detention, mental health, news by sally

‘A mentally ill man who caused horrific injuries to a fellow passenger after pushing him under the Tube has been detained indefinitely.’

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The Independent, 16th May 2016

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Youth justice announcement – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 13th, 2016 in detention, press releases, young offenders, Youth Justice Board by tracey

‘Written Ministerial Statement made by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th May 2016

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Medway youth offenders centre complaints ‘ignored’ – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2016 in complaints, detention, news, young offenders by tracey

‘Dozens of complaints about how G4S ran three youth offender centres were ignored, a report has concluded.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2016

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New Home Office instruction on risk assessment for immigration detainees – Free Movement

Posted May 11th, 2016 in codes of practice, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘A new Detention Services Order, DSO 03/2016, has been issued by the Home Office. The name is innocuous — Considering detainee placement — but we can hope that it will have a significant impact because what it really requires is a proper risk assessment before a person is accepted into immigration detention. And about time too. We have in recent years seen some appalling and utterly in humane detention decisions, at least one of which appears directly to have led to the death of a very vulnerable elderly man, Alois Dvorcak.’

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Free Movement, 9th May 2016

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Won’t Someone Think of the Children? – Panopticon

Posted May 6th, 2016 in detention, freedom of information, news, restraint, young offenders by tracey

‘There has long been considerable public concern over the restraint techniques used in young offender institutions and secure training centres. In Willow v Information Commissioner & Ministry of Justice [2016] UKUT 157 (AAC), the Upper Tribunal had to consider the public interest balance as it applied to section 31(1)(f) FOIA, i.e. information prejudicial to the maintenance of security and good order in prisons or other institutions in which people are detained. The request had been for the physical restraint training manual, and the FTT had upheld the application of the exemption.’

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Panopticon, 6th May 2016

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Government to take over running of G4S Medway young offenders unit after child abuse allegations – The Independent

Posted May 6th, 2016 in bullying, detention, news, restraint, young offenders by tracey

‘Five members of staff were arrested after undercover filming in the unit appeared to show staff bullying vulnerable children and using unnecessary force to restrain them.’

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The Independent, 5th May 2016

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