Rise in mental health detentions shows ‘services are struggling’ – The Guardian

‘Mental health campaigners have expressed concern that detentions under the Mental Health Act have risen by almost 10% in England in the past year.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2015

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European court of human rights rules secret hearings legal – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2015 in closed material, deportation, detention, human rights, inquiries, news, warrants by sally

‘Secret hearings to determine whether suspects should be held without charge during anti-terror investigations are legal, the European court of human rights has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2015

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Detained asylum seeker entitled to damages, court rules – BBC News

Posted October 9th, 2015 in asylum, damages, detention, news, torture by tracey

‘An asylum seeker who says she fled from torture in Sudan is entitled to damages from the government after she was held unlawfully, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 8th October 2015

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Home Office to compensate pregnant asylum seeker for unlawful detention – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2015 in asylum, compensation, detention, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The Home Office has offered a formal apology and will pay compensation to a pregnant asylum seeker who was unlawfully arrested and detained at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2015

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UK Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer to be released – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2015 in detention, news, prisons, rendition, terrorism, torture by sally

‘The last British resident being held in Guantanamo Bay is to be returned to the UK, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2015

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A duty to facilitate an individual’s release – No. 5 Chambers

‘The below article by Philip Rule, barrister at No5 Chambers, aims to offer a new potential for those with learning disability and/or autism, their families, and the many charities and NGOs that fight for the rights of these groups, to ensure things are improved for such individuals.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 2nd September 2015

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Inquests & Deprivation of Liberty – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 4th, 2015 in care homes, deprivation of liberty safeguards, detention, hospitals, inquests, news by sally

‘In December 2014, the Chief Coroner issued guidance as the approach to be taken when someone dies at a time when they are deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005). Its effect is yet to be seen.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 2nd September 2015

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Law and the ‘illegals’: reforming UK immigration detention – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 28th, 2015 in asylum, deportation, detention, immigration, news, time limits by sally

‘The UK has the largest immigration detention estate in Europe, with approximately 30,000 individuals being detained under immigration powers over the course of the last year. The vast majority of detainees are held in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs), however detainees can be held in a number of different locations including prisons, and even less satisfactorily, police cells. The UK is the only EU country to also not impose an upper time limit on the use of immigration detention. This article considers a number of policy areas relating to immigration detention which have come under heavy scrutiny and may identify potential opportunities for reform.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th August 2015

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‘Appropriate adults not being used’ for many vulnerable people in custody – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2015 in detention, learning difficulties, local government, mental health, news, police by sally

‘About a quarter of a million vulnerable people are not receiving the support of an “appropriate adult” while in police custody, a report has suggested.’

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BBC News, 26th August 2015

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Lawyer warns of staff violence and inadequate care in private immigrant detention centres – The Independent

Posted August 17th, 2015 in detention, immigration, medical treatment, news, violence by sally

‘Immigrants held in privately-run detention centres are facing physical violence from staff, gross failures in medical care and at worse preventable death, a leading civil liberties lawyer has warned.’

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The Independent, 16th August 2015

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The Round-up: Controversy over the Courts Charge and Serdar Mohammed – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Howard League for Penal Reform has called for a review of the “unfair and unrealistic” Criminal Courts Charge, which “ penalises the poor and encourages the innocent to plead guilty”. The mandatory charge of up to £1,200 is imposed on those who admit committing minor misdemeanours, regardless of their circumstances.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th August 2015

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What happens to failed asylum seekers? – BBC News

Posted August 13th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, detention, EC law, immigration, news by sally

‘Thousands of migrants are camped around Calais in northern France. Many will risk their lives smuggling themselves across the Channel into the UK. What happens to those that get through?’
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BBC News, 13th August 2015

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Yarl’s Wood conditions deteriorated so much women are being treated like ‘animals’ – The Independent

‘Conditions at a privately run immigration removal centre have “deteriorated” over the past year to the extent that almost half of the women held there fear for their safety, according to a damning report published by the Chief Inspector of Prisons.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2015

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UK prisons inspector seeks time limits on detention of migrants without trial – The Guardian

‘The chief prisons inspector has called for time limits on the detention of migrants without trial after fresh warnings of a significant deterioration in conditions at an immigration removal centre for women.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2015

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Mental health background checks: new guidance issued by Home Office – The Guardian

‘New guidelines to be issued by the Home Office will make clear the factors that must be considered before mental health crises are disclosed in background checks made on people applying to work with vulnerable groups.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2015

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The legal fog of war among the people – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 6th, 2015 in appeals, armed forces, detention, human rights, international law, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has held that UK armed forces breached both Afghan law and Article 5 of the ECHR by detaining a suspected Taliban commander for longer than the 96 hours permitted by ISAF policy.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th August 2015

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British forces illegally detained Afghan suspect, court of appeal rules – The Guardian

‘An Afghan suspect was detained illegally by British forces for almost four months and denied access to a lawyer, the court of appeal has ruled. Serdar Mohammed, who was captured by UK soldiers in April 2010, was not handed over to the Afghan security services until July that year, despite regulations requiring any transfer to take place within 96 hours. Mohammed, who was eventually released earlier this year to return to his home in Helmand province, claimed that the Afghan authorities tortured him.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2015

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Court rejects government appeal over fast-track detention of asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, detention, news by sally

‘Government hopes of quickly restarting the detention of asylum seekers under its fast-track process have been dealt a serious blow by the loss of a court of appeal challenge brought by the justice secretary, Michael Gove.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2015

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Britain told to review counter-terrorism powers by UN human rights committee – The Guardian

‘Britain should review its key counter-terrorism powers and revise laws on snooping by security services, a UN report has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2015

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Theresa May unlawfully detained potential trafficking victims, court rules – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2015 in detention, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, failed to protect three potential victims of trafficking who were locked up in an immigration detention centre, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2015

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