Refugee Council criticises narrow review of immigration detention

18th February 2015: Refugee Council has criticised the Home Office’s move to only review some aspects of immigration detention.

Home Secretary Theresa May recently announced that former prisons and probation ombudsman Stephen Shaw will examine the mental health of detainees imprisoned in Britain’s Immigration Removal Centres.

The review which will last around six months, will also examine how Home Office policies are being applied and their appropriateness.

Refugee Council said it was unfortunate that the review will exclude the decision to detain and the other multiple failings of immigration detention.

"Sadly, this review won’t even scratch the surface of the ugly cover up occurring at the heart of the British justice system,” Refugee Council Chief Executive Maurice Wren said. “What is needed is an end to the process by which anonymous officials are given the power to lock up people for as long as the Home Office sees fit, not because they have committed any offences, but because it’s politically expedient to do so.”