A Matter of Routine: experts-by-experience call on MPs to end indefinite detention

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NGOs, experts and parliamentarians come together at the launch of Amnesty’s new report ‘A Matter of Routine‘, which recommends a significant reduction in the use of immigration detention.

Michael from Freed Voices speaks from the podium at the Amnesty launch

People with experience of immigration detention, including from Freed Voices and the Survivors Speak Out network, backed the report’s calls to reduce immigration detention and introduce a time limit for those who are detained.

Michael, a member of Freed Voices, told the audience about the need to build an immigration system based on justice and respect:

“It seems that – despite a lot of campaigning, a lot of great reports, lots of media interest – not much has really changed since I was in detention. Still no time-limit. Still no proper alternatives. Still no justice.

“Everyone agrees enough is enough. Civil society, experts-by-experience, community groups, faith leaders, HMIP, the UN, all the major political parties…Even the Government’s own Shaw review called for urgent change.

“So why did six people die in detention last year? Why is the rate of suicide attempts in detention now more than one a day? Why has nothing changed?

“We are grateful for your solidarity on the issue. But now we need action. We need an end to indefinite detention.”

You can read Amnesty’s report ‘A Matter of Routine: The use of immigration detention in the UK’ here.

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