21 February 2018
The Detention Forum response to this morning’s speech by the Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott MP
Eiri Ohtani, Project Director of the Detention Forum said:
“The Shadow Home Secretary’s speech today, committing the Labour Party to end indefinite immigration detention, resonates with many migrants, faith leaders, parliamentarians and civil society organisations who have long been advocating for a 28 day time limit.
A vision for a humane approach to migration must include removing deprivation of liberty as much as possible from the immigration system and closing down more detention centres. Developing and implementing a wider range of community-based alternatives to detention is not only possible but also necessary, if this vision is to become reality.
We look forward to working with all parties to bring humanity, dignity and fairness back to UK immigration policy.”
Notes to the editor
The Detention Forum is a network of over 30 organisations who are working together to challenge the UK’s use of immigration detention, hosted by the Refugee Council.