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Immigration detention: should there be independent oversight?

30 October 2018

The Joint Committee on Human Rights will speak to academics, advocacy groups and representatives from the Independent Monitoring Boards and HM Inspectorate of Prisons in its first public session on immigration detention.

What the session will explore

The Committee will explore whether detention decisions are robust in the current system, or whether there is a need for judicial or independent oversight.

They will also ask the panels for their opinion on time limits for detention and what improvements are needed to prevent the detention of vulnerable people.


Wednesday 31 October in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.15pm

First panel:

  • Bella Sankey, Director, Detention Action 
  • Celia Clarke, Director, Bail for Immigration Detainees 
  • Leila Zadeh, Director, UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group
  • Mary Bosworth, Professor of Criminology, University of Oxford

Second panel:

  • Dame Ann Owers, National Chair, Independent Monitoring Boards
  • Jane Leech, Chair at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Independent Monitoring Boards
  • Hindpal Singh Bhui, Inspection Team Leader, HM Inspectorate of Prisons

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