Indefinite detention is one of the ultimate threats underlying the UK’s hostile environment policies.
It is the process by which migrants – usually undocumented migrants or those who have had their asylum claim rejected – are held in prison-like conditions. The recommended time limit for holding individuals is 28 days, but in reality in Britain there is no legal limit in place- making Britain the only country in the European Union without a legal limit on immigration detention.
Indefinite detention causes significant and unnecessary harm and is a breach of human rights.
Write to your MP before 25th June
Right now the Immigration Bill is making its way through parliament and a new law has been proposed that would bring an end to this unjust system, but we need our MPs to vote for it.
This new amendment would:
- Make sure that no one is detained for longer than 28 days
- Put independent judges in charge not invisible Home Office staff
- Protect vulnerable people like torture and trafficking survivors from prolonged detention
- Only allow an individual to be detained for 96 hours without judicial oversight
- Change the criteria for detention, so it will only happen if it is strictly necessary to affect deportation and it is a proportionate response
Could you write to your MP to ask them to support this new amendment so that we can end indefinite detention once and for all?
You can find the details of your MP here.