UK: Call for time limit on detention of immigrants as report urges "urgent reform"


"Campaigners have called on the Government to impose a time limit on the detention of immigrants after a highly critical review found that too many were being locked up.

Former prisons ombudsman Stephen Shaw also raised concerns about breaches of human rights laws in cases that suggested "problems with attitude and cynicism" on the part of staff.

There were some 3,000 people being detained - a mixture of asylum seekers, ex-offenders and those who had been deemed not to have a legal right to remain in the UK - while the number of people detained "at one time or another during the year" exceeds 30,000, Mr Shaw said."


See the article: Call for time limit on detention of immigrants as report urges "urgent reform" (Herald Scotland, link)

Full report: Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons - A report to the Home Office by Stephen Shaw (pdf)

And see: Response to Shaw review: UK must end 'unacceptable' use of indefinite immigration detention (Amnesty, link)

 

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