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Medical Justice Annual Report: Financial Year 2019-20
Friday, July 31st, 2020

Covering 1st February 2019 to 31st January 2020….

Medical Justice handled referrals from 833 immigration detainees, including victims of torture, trafficking and political persecution.  57 of our dedicated team of volunteer clinicians visited immigration detainees in immigration removal centres and prisons across the UK.

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HASC: “It is troubling that nearly 40% of those remaining in immigration detention are at high risk from Covid-19”
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

 

Medical Justice submitted evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report – Home Office preparedness for COVID-19 (Coronavirus): institutional accommodation.

 

You can read the report here. The section on Immigration Detention starts on Page 37.

 

Below are some selected extracts from the report:

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Amendment to the Immigration Bill limiting Segregation / Morton Hall to close as an IRC
Monday, July 27th, 2020

 

Amendment to the Immigration Bill limiting Segregation

Last week, Lord Ramsbotham (pictured below) said during the 2nd reading of the Immigration Bill in the House of Lords that he would be tabling an amendment limiting the use of Segregation in immigration detention.

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Evidence submitted for inquiry in to the government’s response to COVID-19
Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

On the 22nd of July 2020, Medical Justice submitted written evidence to the Joint Human Rights Committee Inquiry’s into the Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications.

Below are our submissions:

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Immigration Bill amendment on the use of segregation in detention
Thursday, July 16th, 2020

 

Medical Justice is grateful to Stuart McDonald MP for tabling the segregation amendment which was debated in Committee on 18th June 2020.

This amendment prohibits the use of segregation in detention except in crisis situations, and then only up to 24 hrs

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Court of Appeal: Medical Justice challenge Home Office ‘no-notice’ immigration removals
Thursday, July 9th, 2020

 

Due to its high profile and legal significance, C2/2019/0050 FB (Afghanistan) -v- SSHD and C4/2019/2478 Medical Justice -v- SSHD has been selected for live streaming 7-9th July 2020 – you can watch the last day here.

 

    
Our legal team : left to right, Rakesh Singh (solicitor) and Alison Pickup (barrister) from the Public Law Project, Charlotte Kilroy QC, Tony Vaughan if Garden Court Chambers.
 

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Watch the Medical Justice challenge of “no-notice” removals in Court of Appeal
Friday, July 3rd, 2020

 

You are invited to watch the Medical Justice challenge of “no-notice” removals in the Court of Appeal next week

 

Live-stream starts 10am Tuesday 7th July 2020 – listed for 3 days (i.e. 7-9th July inclusive)

 

Due to its high profile and legal significance, C2/2019/0050 FB (Afghanistan) -v- SSHD and C4/2019/2478 Medical Justice -v- SSHD has been selected for live-streaming which you can access by clicking the link above.

This case is about access to justice. The Home Office removal window policy enables it to refuse a migrant’s case and forcibly remove them from the UK within hours and in many cases without access to legal representation.  This has led to a series of deportations which the Home Office has acknowledged were unlawful.

Under the removal window policy we didn’t know whether our clients would still be in the country from one day to the next which made supporting them and planning casework even more difficult than usual. 

In March 2019, at Medical Justice’s request, the Administrative Court granted an injunction suspending the no-notice removals policy – this is making an enormous and vital difference in our ability to manage our casework and support clients.  All organisations and lawyers representing migrants subjected to removal notices are still benefiting from the injunction. Many thousands of migrants may have been affected.
 
This hearing is to appeal a ruling by the Administrative Court in September 2019 and ties together challenges brought by Medical Justice, represented by Public Law Project (PLP), and FB, an individual represented by Duncan Lewis Solicitors.  Medical Justice’s barristers are Charlotte Kilroy QC of Blackstone Chambers, Alison Pickup, PLP’s Legal Director and Tony Vaughan of Garden Court Chambers. The instructing solicitor is Rakesh Singh of PLP.          

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MJ doctors speak out / HMIP releases worrying report / more news…
Monday, June 8th, 2020

Medical Justice’s Dr Mary Kamara and Dr Rachel Bingham speak out in the British Medical Journal

“It is important to recognise that immigration detention is inherently harmful to health, and we regard it as part of the “deeply dysfunctional system” that the authors refer to. Well-documented health and mental health risks of immigration detention predate the pandemic (7), but COVID-19 has added an unjustified additional risk to the health of detainees and staff. We hope that this small but vulnerable group of immigration detainees is not overlooked in any future public inquiry, especially in light of the fact that none are serving a criminal sentence – their detention is optional. Most of them cannot be deported due to the global lockdown so the risk to their health, and that of the staff, is entirely avoidable.”

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Chief Inspector casts aspersions on the Adults at Risk policy
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The first annual audit report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) into the operation of the Home Office’s Adults at Risk policy was recently published.
 
The Chief Inspector made a catalogue of criticisms.  We feel these were a polite way of saying the policy is a mess.

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Detainees with mental health issues held in segregation for 2+ weeks then sent to either prison or hospital
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) report on Heathrow IRCs was published 21st April 2020.  Extracts include the below :

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