Detention Reports

Consultation Responses

AVID's response to the HMIP's immigration expectations consultation 2012 (12th April 2012).

AVID's response to the UKBA's review into ending the detention of children for immigration purposes (July 2010)


AVID Briefings

Positive Duty of Care? The mental health crisis in immigration detention (Joint Briefing by AVID and BID, May 2012)

Vulnerable groups in immigration detention: Mental health, March 2011


United Nations: Universal Periodic Review Submissions

The Universal Periodic Review is a process in which the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States are reviewed once every four years, with the aim of improving the human rights situation in each country, sharing best human right practice and addressing human rights violations wherever they occur.

Each member state, though the European Human Rights Council, is invited to declare the actions they have taken to fulfill their human rights obligations. Non-governmental organisations and  human rights institutions are also invited to provide information as part of an 'other stakeholders' report, which makes up part of the review. 

AVID and various visitors groups responded to the call with submissions regarding human rights in immigration detention. This included, for example, length of detention, and the detention of people with mental health needs. The British Institute for Human Rights also included immigration detention in their overview of key concerns nationally.

AVID and Bail for Immigration Detainees:  submitted a document focusing on mental health issues in detention as well as child detention and trafficking

Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group and Dover Detainee Visitor Group's report was about the difficulties immigration detainees may face in obtaining good quality legal advice and representation 

Yarl's Wood Befrienders submitted a report regarding women in detention
In addition, the British Institute of Human Rights submitted a collective response from a range of organisations, including a feature on adult immigration detention.
Following this, the 2012 draft report has made explicit mention of immigration detention. Though the issue was not mentioned in the 2008 review; Chile, Honduras, Mexico and Ecuador recommended that the UK reconsiders the indefinite detention of migrants. Concerns were also raised by Argentina, Paraguay and Bangladesh. The report is welcomed by the many detention NGOs and visitor groups who submitted briefings as part of the consultation process.

Collated Reports: Detention

Landing in Dover, The Children's Commissioner, January 2012

'I feel like as a woman, I am not welcome': A gender analysis of UK asylum law, policy and practice, Asylum Aid, January 2012 

From Deprivation To Liberty: Alternatives to detention in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom, Jesuit Refugee Service, December 2011

Mapping Statelessness in the United Kingdom, Asylum Aid and UNHCR, November 2011

Deportations, Removals and Voluntary Departures from the UK, The Migration Observatory, September 2011

Report on the DDA Legal Surgeries at Dover IRCDover Detainee Visitors Group, September 2011

Fast-track to despair: The unnecessary detention of asylum seekers, Detention Action, May 2011

Last resort or first resort? Immigration detention of children in the UK, Bail for Immigration Detainees, May 2011

"What have I done?" The experiences of children and families in UK immigration detention, The Children's Society, May 2011

Detained and denied: The clinical care of immigration detainees living with HIV, Medical Justice, March 2011

Immigration bail hearings: A travesty of justice? Observations from the public gallery, Campaign to Close Campsfield, March 2011

State sponsored cruelty: Children in Immigration Detention, Medical Justice, September 2010

No return, no release, no reason: Challenging indefinite detention, London Detainee Support Group, September 2010

"A a nice judge on a good day": Immigration bail and the right to liberty, Bail for Immigration Detainees, July 2010

Unravelling anomaly: Detention, Discrimination and the Protection needs of stateless persons, Equal Rights Trust, July 2010

Becoming Vulnerable in DetentionJesuit Refugee Service, June 2010

Ending the detention of children: developing an alternative approach to family returns: Professor Heaven Crawley, Centre for Migration Policy Research, Swansea University, June 2010

Distant Voices, Shaken Lives: Human stories of immigration detention from Northern Ireland, Refugee Action Group, June 2010

Fast Tracked Unfairness: Detention and Denial of Women Asylum Seekers in the UK Human Rights Watch, February 2010

The Children's Commissioner for England's follow up report to: The arrest and detention of children subject to immigration control Children's Commissioner, February 2010

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Experiences of Immigration Detention in the UK Bail for Immigration Detainees, July 2009

Detained Lives: the real cost of indefinite immigration detention London Detainee Support Group, January 2009

Detained: Prisoners with No Crime (Detention of trafficked women in the UK) Eaves Project, 2008

Outsourcing Abuse: The use and misuse of state-sanctioned force during the detention and removal of asylum seekers Birnberg Peirce & Partners, NCADC and Medical Justice, 2008

Refusal Factory: Women's Experiences of the Detained Fast Track asylum process at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre Bail for Immigration Detainees, September 2007

Working against the clock: inadequacy and injustice in the fast track system Bail for Immigration Detainees, July 2006

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