QCEA: Child Immigration Detention in Europe

This report explores aspects of child immigration detention in Europe. After briey describing the legal framework and standards at international and European levels, the report gives an overview of the situation in Europe by addressing three main questions: How many children are detained in the context of migration?
Which laws and policies regulate the practice, and what are the existing alternatives to child immigration detention
The report also discusses the impacts of detention, giving special attention to the different impacts on girls and boys in detention.
The report concludes by reasserting that detention is never in the best interests of a child, having detrimental impact on health and well-being. While there is an international growing consensus on the need for alternatives to detaining children,
European countries are continuing to do so.

Committee for the Prevention of Torture report: UK detention practice

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report (pdf) on UK detention practice in April 2017.

The report reviewed the treatment of people in adult and youth prisons, police custody, and immigration detention; with a specific focus on in-patient adult psychiatry. Continue reading

‘The Scar Test’ @ Soho Theatre July 2017

The Scar Test is now open for booking. It runs at Soho Theatre (in London) from 5- 22 July. The play is about the experiences of women in detention in this country. Full details here – http://www.sohotheatre.com/w hats-on/the-scar-test/

Based on verbatim interviews, The Scar Test explores life inside Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, a place in which those seeking safe haven are thrown into a dark world under lock and key where their lives are regulated, privacy is non-existent and where every detainee has a story to tell.

Post-show discussions – Mon 10 and 17 Jul evening & Sat 15 and 22 Jul following matinees

Age Recommendation: 14+

Universal Periodic Review: UK 2017

From QUNO: Refugee and migrant issues were raised in a total of 29 recommendations by other States. The report containing all the recommendations is available here: https://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/united_kingdom/session_27_-_may_2017/a_hrc_wg.6_27_l.7.pdf

The recommendations most relevant to your concerns were (country making the recommendation to the UK is in brackets): Continue reading

Children in Detention: Report on the Cedars

March 2017: C E D A R S Pre-Departure Accommodation Independent Monitoring Board 2016 Annual Report

2.3 Population Profile during 2016

The number of families accommodated at Cedars during 2016 was lower than in 2015, although this was for nine and a half months only. 14 families were accommodated during the reporting period.

The families represented nine different nationalities of which the top three were Albanian, Chinese and Nigerian. The top two religions were Islam and Christianity. Of the 14 families, two were removed from the UK, 12 were released into the community, of which five were released due to disruption or non-compliance. Three of these were released from Cedars and two at the departure point. Assessment, Care in Residence and Teamwork (ACRT) procedures were initiated six times, and there were no recorded incidents of actual self-harm. Continue reading

Migrant detention in the European Union: a thriving business Outsourcing and privatisation of migrant detention

June 2016: Conclusion: Under the guise of “mass” migration134, the EU and its Member States are continuously strengthening their systems to deprive migrant populations of their liberty. Emblematic of European policy for the exclusion of foreign nationals, migrant detention facilities offer fertile ground for human rights violations. The acts of resistance and rebellion by detainees are a sign of the injustice and despair caused to those who find themselves trapped inside. Continue reading

November 2016 HMIP inspection report of Morton Hall

The latest HMIP inspection report of Morton Hall detention centre is published today.
Morton Hall is particularly isolated and is often portrayed as “dangerous”, because people simply know so little about Morton Hall.  It is one centre that probably receives the least amount of coverage in general.  So please help raise awareness of what’s happening there by sharing some of the material here.

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Factsheet on immigration detention

Detention Forum information: CPT has published factsheets on immigration detention.  There is a useful reference on the time limit issue (page 2, at the bottom of section 1).
  • The CPT is of the view that the prolonged detention of persons under aliens legislation, without a time limit and with unclear prospects for release, could easily be considered as amounting to inhuman treatment.

Proving Torture: Demanding the Impossible

2012 Sept 24 Freedom from TortureFreedom from Torure report: November 2016: Report: Home Office Mistreating Evidence Of Torture – RightsInfohttp://rightsinfo.org/freedom-torture-home-office-mistreating-expert-evidence-torture/

Many who seek asylum in the UK do so because they have suffered torture in their home country. Often they are forced to flee immediately and do not have time to gather evidence for their claim to asylum. Expert medical evidence of torture is sometimes the only evidence they have.

The report makes several findings about how the Home Office handles these claims:

  • Expert medical evidence is often disregarded or mistreated.
  • The standard of certainty required for medical evidence of torture to be accepted is nearly impossible to meet.
  • Many caseworkers view medical evidence as an ‘obstacle’ that they have to overcome in order to reject the application.
  • Caseworkers without clinical qualifications often replace expert medical evidence with their own opinions.

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