Windrush scandal: Concern over wait for compensation – BBC News

‘Campaigners say they are concerned about the low number of compensation payments to victims of the Windrush scandal.’

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BBC News, 4th May 2021

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More trafficking victims facing forcible removal from UK under rule change – The Guardian

‘More victims of trafficking will be locked up in detention and forcibly removed from the UK after MPs approved a change in Home Office rules relating to this vulnerable group, campaigners have warned.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2021

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Immigration removal and an Article 2 inquest – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (Lawal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2021), Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), Unreported, JR/626/2020 (V).
The death of an immigration detainee, as with all prisoners, is rightly subject to legal scrutiny. This is because detainees are completely under the state’s control. Article 2 ECHR requires that the state carry out an effective investigation into all deaths in detention where there is a reasonable suspicion that the death was unnatural. A coroner is required to hold an inquest into all deaths in custody, and specifically a jury inquest where there is reason to suspect the death is violent or unnatural. In this case, a two-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal (President of the Upper Tribunal, Mr Justice Lane, and Upper Tribunal Judge Canavan) found that the respondent Home Secretary had breached her Article 2 procedural obligations in respect of deaths in immigration detention. In particular, she had failed to ensure that crucial witness evidence was secured for use at an inquest and had failed to halt the deportation of a relevant witness.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th April 2021

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‘A hugely retrograde step’: Cross-party MPs attack Home Office plans to lock up more trafficking survivors – The Independent

‘Cross-party MPs have attacked Home Office plans that will see more trafficking survivors locked up in immigration detention and threatened with removal, warning that it is a “hugely retrograde step”.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2021

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Report condemns Home Office failures at barracks used to house asylum seekers – The Guardian

‘The full scale of Home Office failures in managing former military sites as makeshift accommodation for asylum seekers is laid bare in a raft of damning documents seen by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2021

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Court hearing over UK’s £400m tank deal debt to Iran postponed – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2021 in debts, detention, international trade, Iran, news, sanctions, weapons by sally

‘A high court hearing designed to resolve the UK’s non-payment of a £400m debt to Iran has been postponed again, leaving the families of dual nationals detained in Iran distraught since they believe the debt is critical to their release of loved ones.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2021

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Home Office breaching human rights law by failing to investigate detainee deaths, court rules – The Independent

‘The Home Office’s policy for investigating deaths in immigration detention has been found to breach human rights law.’

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The Independent, 15th April 2021

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Home Office faces inquiry into use of barracks to house asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2021 in asylum, detention, government departments, housing, immigration, inquiries, news by sally

‘MPs and peers from the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on immigration detention agreed to proceed with the inquiry at a private meeting on 17 March. The cross-party group is due to publish its initial findings before the summer recess and hopes its findings can inform parliamentary discussions about the Home Office’s new plans for asylum seekers.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2021

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Watchdog steps in over secrecy about UK women in Syria stripped of citizenship – The Guardian

‘The Home Office’s refusal to disclose the number of women who, like Shamima Begum, have been deprived of their British citizenship after travelling to join Islamic State is under investigation by the information commissioner.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2021

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Women Disproportionately Affected By Soaring Mental Health Act Detentions – Each Other

Posted March 18th, 2021 in detention, freedom of information, mental health, news, statistics, women by sally

‘The number of women being detained under Section 2 rose by more than 25% in some areas of England, according to exclusive new FOI data.’

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Each Other, 17th March 2021

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Third of remand prisoners in England being held beyond legal time limit for trials – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2021 in coronavirus, criminal justice, delay, detention, news, remand, time limits by sally

‘More than 3,600 people – almost a third of England’s remand prison population – have been held beyond the legal time limit awaiting trials as the pandemic wreaks havoc on the legal process.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2021

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Lack of access to lawyers for immigration detainees being held in prison is unlawful, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2021 in detention, human rights, immigration, legal aid, legal representation, news, prisons by tracey

‘The legal aid provision for immigration detainees held in prisons is unlawful, the High Court has ruled, after it emerged a man was unable to access a lawyer for 10 months and had to represent himself.’

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The Independent, 25th February 2021

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Deprivation of liberty, family members and what s4B does (and doesn’t) say – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge recently considered very strong objections levelled by a family member to the idea that they were depriving their adult child of their liberty. She also helpfully clarified the current (limited) scope of s.4B MCA 2005, writes Alex Ruck Keene.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th February 2021

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Judge hits out at lack of regulated placement for vulnerable, suicidal 16 year old, despite 11 High Court hearings and sending series of judgments to ministers – Local Government Lawyer

‘An exasperated High Court judge has sent a fourth judgment to ministers over the continuing unavailability of a regulated placement for a vulnerable 16 year old with multifaceted difficulties and at a high risk of serious self-harm or suicide.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2021

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Community Treatment Orders: does seeing patients remotely suffice? – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 8th, 2021 in coronavirus, detention, local government, mental health, news, remote hearings by tracey

‘Jonathan Auburn and Lucy McCann assess whether decision-making as to community treatment orders requires physical attendance.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th February 2021

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Taking Liberties: A simple guide to DOL – Transparency Project

Posted January 28th, 2021 in care homes, children, detention, families, human rights, local government, news by sally

‘This article is about Deprivation of Liberty involving children.’

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Transparency Project, 27th January 2021

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Mental Health Act reforms aim to tackle high rate of black people sectioned – The Guardian

‘Reforms to the Mental Health Act will help tackle the disproportionate number of black people sectioned, the government has announced.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2021

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Home Office leaving stateless people facing detention and destitution, warns UN – The Independent

‘The Home Office is leaving stateless people in the UK at risk of homelessness, destitution and prolonged detention, the UN’s refugee agency has warned. A procedure designed to help regularise the status of stateless individuals in Britain is not functioning as well as it should due to procedural weaknesses and the approach to decision-making, the UNHCR said.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2020

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Highgate mental health unit death: Killer detained indefinitely – BBC News

Posted December 4th, 2020 in detention, homicide, mental health, negligence, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who beat, strangled and set alight a fellow patient at a secure mental health unit in north London has been detained for an unlimited time.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2020

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Judge issues second ruling sharply criticising lack of suitable regulated placement for vulnerable 16-year-old woman with complex needs – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has sent a second judgment in less than a month – this time “more in exasperated hope than expectation” – to the Children’s Commissioner for England, the Secretary of State for Education, the Minister for Children and others over the lack of regulated accommodation for vulnerable children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th November 2020

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