All Articles: Detention

Forced Migration Review: free detention themed edition

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review, Issue 44 on Detention, alternatives to detention and deportation, has been made available for free. It is a huge issue with a range of really interesting looking articles. As well as covering the headline t ...

24th September 2013 By

Are you hemmed in by a separation wall or security fence?

Are you fenced in? Is there a security wall that stops you getting from A to B? The Guardian is launching a major project to report on the growing number of walls and fences that authorities are using to keep people in – or out, whether they are a ...

17th September 2013 By

Immigration detention: what is the point?

The horrific news of sexual abuse by private security contractors at Yarlswood, the female-only immigration detention centre near Bedford, is awful and shocking. It is very far from the first time that problems or outright abuse at Yarlswood has been ...

16th September 2013 By

Mark Harper, Hansard 5 Sep 2013 Col 585

If we were to do what my hon. Friend suggested and have a blanket policy of not detaining [pregnant] women, first, having read many cases, I fear we would find quite a lot of people saying they were pregnant as another method of delaying their departu ...

6th September 2013 By

When You Don’t Exist

“There are now more than 45 million refugees and internally displaced people – the highest level in nearly 20 years.  Figures give only a glimpse of this enormous human tragedy. Every day, conflict tears apart the lives of thousands of fami ...

21st June 2013 By

Ahmadis and fast track asylum appeals

Many thanks to Eric Fripp of Lamb Building for the following note: On 8th May 2013 in the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) at York House, a panel consisting of First Tier Tribunal Judges Woodcraft and Samimi dealt with two cases (r ...

30th May 2013 By

Effect of detention on children

Immigration detention dehumanises not only the detainee but also every person who deals with it. It is a poison that infects us all. The professionals who deal with detainees and their families develop coping mechanisms. We convince ourselves that det ...

19th April 2013 By

Access to the internet at immigration detention centres

It looked for a while like banning this blog was all the rage. First there was some discussion on Twitter on which websites are banned within immigration detention centres, then the immigration tribunal presidents had a go as well. What are "proh ...

11th April 2013 By

The Outer Limit

The Court of Appeal recently gave judgment in the case of R (on the application of Muqtaar) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1270, a challenge by a Somali national to his detention under administrative immigration powers fo ...

30th October 2012 By

Bail for Immigration Detainees

As the opening post in a mini series over the next few weeks on detention issues and cases I thought it would be worthwhile to give a plug to the work of the small charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). BID relies on pro bono work by barristers ...

29th October 2012 By

Stand-by group for charter flight cases

There are we understand two charter flights bound to Sri Lanka on the 19 and 20 September 2012. If detainees do not have solicitors then contact Janani Jananayagam from TAG [Tamils Against Genocide] who can be contacted on 07801 999130.  She will dir ...

14th September 2012 By

More unlawful detention cases

There has been a flood of judgments in the last few weeks on the issue of unlawful detention. With immigration detention used more frequently and for longer periods than ever before, the aftermath of the secret and unlawful presumption of detention po ...

9th May 2012 By

Important judgment on value of medical reports

The Court of Appeal has reviewed the meaning of ‘independent evidence of torture’ and the correct approach to the analysis of medical reports in R (on the application of AM) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 52 ...

8th May 2012 By

Indefinite detention: not very British

Just a quick one to flag up a guest post I’ve written for the 1 Crown Office Row UK Human Rights Blog. It covers Abu Qatada, indefinite detention and the irrelevance of the Human Rights Act to the decision that he must be released. ...

8th February 2012 By

Five years of immigration detention ruled unlawful

In the case of R (on the application of Sino) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 2249 (Admin) (25 August 2011) John Howell QC, sitting as a deputy judge of the High Court, held that the entire period of detention of an Algerian m ...

11th October 2011 By

Deaths in detention centres

The news coverage over the weekend reporting on the very recent deaths of three men in detention centres is yet another reminder that the system is, in my view, truly abhorrent. The Guardian reported that two men died from suspected heart attacks at C ...

10th August 2011 By

New bail guidance and AVID Handbook

I have started to think about the Herculean (perhaps Sisyphean a better analogy? – ed.) task of updating the HJT Immigration Manual, something I do at least once per year. This year there is a LOT to change, and I’m not looking forward to ...

2nd August 2011 By

Amnesty campaign on forced removals

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to change the way that the UK Border Agency conducts forced removals. The practices used by the private security contractors who do the dirty work for the Border Agency was highlighted earlier this year by ...

8th July 2011 By

Critical HM Inspector of Prisons reports published

HM Inspectorate of Prisons yesterday published two reports based on unannounced inspections of the short term immigration holding facilities at Heathrow Terminals 3 and 4 (Terminal 3 report here and Terminal 4 report here). The reports are broadly pos ...

7th July 2011 By

Shepherd Masimba Kambadzi v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] UKSC 23

The Supreme Court yesterday handed down judgment in the case of Shepherd Masimba Kambadzi v SSHD [2011] UKSC 23, in the Court of Appeal known as SK (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 1204. For reference, the original High Court judgment by Mr Justi ...

26th May 2011 By

Lumba: Pyrrhic victory?

In the case of Lumba v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] UKSC 12 the Supreme Court has held that it was unlawful to detain foreign prisoners under a secret policy which was the precise reverse of the publicly declared policy. However, ...

1st April 2011 By

Detained forever? Foreign prisoners and indefinite detention

Hundreds of foreign national prisoners are being held indefinitely, sometimes for years, when they can’t be removed from the country.  With no time limit on immigration detention powers, judges and the Home Office are operating within what one lawy ...

7th March 2011 By

Detention of children

The routine detention of immigrant children by the last Government was a disgrace. Claimed changes to detention policy by the current incumbents and the recent case of R (on the application of Suppiah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [201 ...

14th January 2011 By

Bail success rates

Bail for Immigration Detainees recently obtained statistics from the Ministry of Justice on the number of bail applications that are made at different hearing centres, and the outcomes of those hearings. There is quite a disparity in outcomes. For exa ...

19th September 2008 By

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