In late March 2020 the Home Office released some 300 immigration detainees to avoid the risk of spreading coronavirus. Hundreds more remain in detention and some are held on the prison estate. The fairness of imprisoning immigration detainees was tested in a recent, unsuccessful legal challenge.
Can a foreign national be lawfully detained even though the decision to remove them from the UK is unlawful? Bizarrely, yes. However, a new case from the Court of Appeal suggests that the UK Supreme Court may need to review this state of affairs.
As reported in the Guardian, the UK government admitted to unlawfully detaining hundreds of claimed victims of torture under its new policy, which was supposed to reduce the number of vulnerable persons held in immigration detention.
A High Court judge has expressed “deep concern” at Amber Rudd’s failure to release and accommodate a vulnerable, claimed victim of torture from immigration detention, in breach of several Court orders.
The widespread use of ‘segregation’ to control persons detained by the Home Office is under the spotlight after a female asylum seeker won her court battle against the practice. A new Home Office policy has been published as a result.
Inspectors condemn ‘unacceptable’ and ‘inhumane’ treatment of detainees at Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre
A report by independent inspectors appointed by the UK’s Minister for Immigration has made critical findings on the conditions for detainees at Heathrow removal centre