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