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May 26, 2016 8:32 PM
By suzanne

Finally, after a number of court cases, and now a ruling from the Tribunal Procedures Committee, the iniquitous and unfair system of Detention Fast Track has to be stopped.

As Detention Action tell us, "Until July 2015, the UK was responsible for the largest-scale systematic detention of asylum-seekers in Europe. Any asylum-seeker whose claim was considered by the Home Office 'suitable for a quick decision' was taken straight to a high-security detention centre, usually Harmondsworth or Yarl's Wood. Locked up in a cell, subject to draconian deadlines, the vast majority were quickly refused asylum, and quickly removed."

Many people are disheartened by the Immigration Bill becoming law, but we can all be encouraged that the determined action by Detention Action has finally paid off, and are an example to be followed.

No doubt the Home Office will be looking at ways round this, but there will be eagle eyes watching, and doing their best to ensure that any new system has justice and fairness at its core.

The campaign to end Indefinite Detention for Immigration Purposes, and a complete end to detention of pregnant women and other vulnerable people continues.