Coronavirus: Human rights and legal organisations have written to the Home Secretary to demand the release of all people from immigration detention.
The UK’s departure from the EU on January 31st 2020 has intensified the concern of rights groups for the estimated 900,000 EU nationals yet to secure their status through the Home Office’s settled status scheme.
We were pleased to hear the news last week that the Supreme Court had dismissed the Home Office’s appeal on the matter of Mr Jalloh’s unlawful curfew, which had been maintained for two years.
The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a 2018 decision from the Court of Appeal that, prior to March 2017, the Home Office had been detaining people under the Dublin Regulations unlawfully.
The Bail Observation Project have released a new report, based on 12 law students watching 55 bail hearings at Taylor House over six months. The majority of the hearings were conducted by video-link, meaning the person was in a room at the detention centre, while the judge, interpreter, lawyer (if there was one), friends and supporters of the individual were in the hearing room in London.
As the holiday season approaches, alongside the prospect of another brief summer in the UK, those of us privileged enough to do so find ourselves arriving at airports, eagerly awaiting our escapism. But most holiday makers do not know that their chosen airport is a prison to those who want to stay in the UK.
If you are detained, there can be big difficulties in accessing the legal advice you need to challenge your detention and/or progress your legal case.
Yesterday, Mount Pleasant Park Football Club staged a mini-football-game-protest outside Vulcan House, the Home Office building in Sheffield, against detention and deportation.
Are you supporting someone held in immigration detention, or want to know more about detention in the UK?
AVID (the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees) have released a new edition of their excellent handbook for visitors to those held in immigration detention.
PhD researcher Jo Hynes wrote this week about her observations on the use of video link technology in immigration bail hearings.
During her observations, bail was refused in 31% of the cases heard via video link and never refused in instances where cases were heard in person.