Immigration detention is not the answer, for anyone.
People are detained without a time limit, for months, sometimes even years.
It is harmful and expensive. It robs people of their dignity, spirit and lives.
This can’t go on.
We are working towards an immigration system that is based on humanity, compassion and fairness.
To begin this process of change and to reduce detention, we are calling for:
A 28-day time limit
on immigration detention for all
Automatic judicial oversight
of detention decisions after 72 hours
An end to the detention
of vulnerable people
Community-based alternatives to detention that respect rights can minimise the use of detention, reducing costs and helping people to live with dignity in the community while going through the immigration process.
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The Long Haul addresses the current human rights backlash and how best to respond. It's inspired by modern #HumanRights champion Nigel Rodley. With worldwide screenings, the film aims to foster debate and create space to think and strategise on our future. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-long-haul-the-threat-to-human-rights-in-the-uk-today-tickets-129449124817
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A "ridiculous catch-22 … It makes no sense … The promised change of culture hasn’t happened. When we take the limelight away from the Home Office, they revert back to their old ways.” Ken Morgan https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/22/windrush-victim-refused-british-citizenship-despite-wrongful-passport-confiscation