Yarlswood: report of unannounced inspection undertaken in June 2017

Today, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons have released their report on their most recent independent and unannounced inspection of Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Continue reading “Yarlswood: report of unannounced inspection undertaken in June 2017”

UK migration: Government urged to drastically reduce excessive use of detention

Quarterly migration report shows that 27,817 people were detained in the last year

“The sheer numbers illustrate how the detention process has become normalised, when it ought to be an exceptional measure.” – Steve Valdez-Symonds Continue reading “UK migration: Government urged to drastically reduce excessive use of detention”

Guardian: We are locking up people indefinitely. This inhumane practice needs to end

24.8.2017: 

We are the only country in Europe to hold migrants in detention centres with no time limit – some of them for years. We can’t let the government off the hook.

Behind today’s headlines about net migration figures lurk statistics on those hidden within the UK’s immigration detention estate. We can’t let the government off the hook for failing to reduce our use of detention. With Brexit on the horizon our immigration system must be fit for purpose, now more than ever. Continue reading “Guardian: We are locking up people indefinitely. This inhumane practice needs to end”

Sept 2017: Panorama programme re Brook House- letter to the press

A general briefing  from the Detention Forum regarding the very shocking Panorama programme on 4.9.2017 which revealed a high level of abuse at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre at Gatwick Airport., and you may also find this helpful   http://detentionforum.org.uk/1163-2/: Continue reading “Sept 2017: Panorama programme re Brook House- letter to the press”

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 “Committee for the Prevention of Torture report: UK detention practice”

‘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+