Two months after the Grenfell Tower fire: the hostile environment laid bare

Two months ago today, the Grenfell Tower fire claimed the lives of at least 80 people and destroyed the homes of hundreds more.

Scores of families now face an agonising wait for the forensic examination of the site to conclude, as a criminal investigation progresses and the terms of an independent inquiry are set.

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The Punishment Room: Challenging the Abusive Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention

Patrick Page from Duncan Lewis solicitors blogs for Liberty on their landmark challenge to the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention – which reaches court tomorrow.

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Article 8: Right to respect for private and family life

Of all the fundamental freedoms protected by the Human Rights Act, none attracts controversy quite like Article 8 – the right to respect for your private and family life. Barely a day passes without it hitting the headlines for apparently all the wrong reasons. Flicking through certain newspapers you would be forgiven for concluding that it exists only to shield foreign murderers and rapists from deportation.

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Asylum and Immigration

Rights and freedoms belong to immigrants and those seeking asylum as much as to British citizens.

Did your MP sign the asylum pledge?

In the run up to the 2010 General Election Liberty, the Refugee Council and the Scottish Refugee Council called on all parliamentary candidates to sign our asylum election pledge and remember Britain’s history as a place of refuge for the persecuted.

The Pledge

There is no place for racism and xenophobia in modern British politics. Nor is democratic debate advanced by the denigration of the most vulnerable in our country, including children and asylum seekers who do not enjoy the right to participate in elections. I promise to remember the importance of refugee protection, even in free and wide-ranging debates about immigration policy. I will never play fast and loose with the proud tradition of a nation that must always offer succour to those in genuine fear of persecution.”

Over 1,000 parliamentary candidates signed, including the leaders of the three main parties.

Did your MP sign the pledge?

Have a look on the list below to see whether your MP signed the pledge. You can use They Work For You to check how they vote and what they say in Parliament – help us make sure they keep their promise.

Aberdeen North Mr Frank Doran MP Labour
Altrincham and Sale West Mr Graham Brady MP Conservative
Alyn and Deeside Mr Mark Tami MP Labour
Angus Mr Mike Weir MP Scottish National Party
Argyll and Bute Mr Alan Reid MP Liberal Democrat
Ashford Mr Damian Green MP Conservative
Ashton-under-Lyne Mr David Heyes MP Labour
Aylesbury Mr David Lidington MP Conservative
Banff and Buchan Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP Scottish National Party
Barnsley Central Mr Eric Illsley MP Labour
Basingstoke Mrs Maria Miller MP Conservative
Bath Mr Don Foster MP Liberal Democrat
Batley and Spen Mr Mike Wood MP Labour
Battersea Ms Jane Ellison MP Conservative
Beaconsfield Mr Dominic Grieve MP Conservative
Belfast East Mrs Naomi Long MP Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Bermondsey and Old Southwark Mr Simon Hughes MP Liberal Democrat
Berwick-upon-Tweed Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP Liberal Democrat
Bethnal Green and Bow Ms Rushanara Ali MP Labour
Bexhill and Battle Mr Gregory Barker MP Conservative
Birmingham, Edgbaston Ms Gisela Stuart MP Labour
Birmingham, Hall Green Mr Roger Godsiff MP Labour
Bishop Auckland Ms Helen Goodman MP Labour
Blackley and Broughton Mr Graham Stringer MP Labour
Blackpool North and Cleveleys Mr Paul Maynard MP Conservative
Blaydon Mr David Anderson MP Labour
Bolton North East Mr David Crausby MP Labour
Bradford East Mr David Ward MP Liberal Democrat
Bradford South Mr Gerry Sutcliffe MP Labour
Bradford West Mr Marsha Singh MP Labour
Brecon and Radnorshire Mr Roger Williams MP Liberal Democrat
Brent Central Ms Sarah Teather MP Liberal Democrat
Brighton, Kemptown Mr Simon Kirby MP Conservative
Brighton, Pavilion Dr Caroline Lucas MP Green
Bristol East Ms Kerry McCarthy MP Labour
Bristol South Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP Labour
Bristol West Mr Stephen Williams MP Liberal Democrat
Broxtowe Ms Anna Soubry MP Conservative
Broxtowe Mr David Watts MP Liberal Democrat
Caerphilly Mr Wayne David MP Labour
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Mr John Thurso MP Liberal Democrat
Camberwell and Peckham Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP Labour
Cambridge Dr Julian Huppert MP Liberal Democrat
Canterbury Mr Julian Brazier TD MP Conservative
Cardiff Central Miss Jenny Willott MP Liberal Democrat
Carshalton and Wallington Mr Tom Brake MP Liberal Democrat
Central Ayreshire Mr Brian Donohoe MP Labour
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Dr Daniel Poulter MP Conservative
Ceredigion Mr Mark Williams MP Liberal Democrat
Cheadle Mr Mark Hunter MP Liberal Democrat
Chelsea and Fulham Mr Greg Hands MP Conservative
Cheltenham Mr Martin Horwood MP Liberal Democrat
Chingford and Woodford Green Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP Conservative
Chippenham Mr Duncan Hames MP Liberal Democrat
Colchester Mr Bob Russell MP Liberal Democrat
Coventry South Mr James Cunningham MP Labour
Crawley Mr Henry Smith MP Conservative
Croydon North Rt Hon Malcolm Wicks MP Labour
Dagenham and Rainham Mr Jon Cruddas MP Labour
Denton and Reddish Mr Andrew Gwynne MP Labour
Derby North Mr Chris Williamson MP Labour
Dudley North Mr Ian Austin MP Labour
Dulwich and West Norwood Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP Labour
Dundee East Mr Stewart Hosie MP Scottish National Party
Dundee West Mr Jim McGovern MP Labour
Dwyfor Meirionnydd Mr Elfyn Llwyd MP Plaid Cymru
Ealing North Mr Stephen Pound MP Labour
Easington Mr Grahame Morris MP Labour
East Ham Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP Labour
East Worthing and Shoreham Mr Tim Loughton MP Conservative
Eastbourne Mr Stephen Lloyd MP Liberal Democrat
Eastleigh Mr Chris Huhne MP Liberal Democrat
Edinburgh North and Leith Mr Mark Lazarowicz MP Labour
Edmonton Mr Andy Love MP Labour
Eltham Mr Clive Efford MP Labour
Epsom and Ewell Mr Chris Grayling MP Conservative
Exeter Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP Labour
Feltham and Heston Mr Alan Keen MP Labour
Foyle Mr Mark Durkan MP Social Democrat and Labour Party
Gateshead Ms Sharon Hodgson MP Labour
Glasgow Central Mr Anas Sarwar MP Labour
Glasgow North Ms Ann McKechin MP Labour
Glasgow North East Mr Willie Bain MP Labour
Glasgow South Mr Tom Harris MP Labour
Gower Mr Martin Caton MP Labour
Greenwich and Woolwich Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP Labour
Hackney North and Stoke Newington Ms Diane Abbott MP Labour
Hammersmith Mr Andy Slaughter MP Labour
Hampstead and Kilburn Ms Glenda Jackson CBE MP Labour
Harlow Mr Robert Halfon MP Conservative
Harrow West Mr Gareth Thomas MP Labour
Havant Sir Robert Smith Bt MP Labour
Hayes and Harlington Mr John McDonnell MP Labour
Hayes and Harlington Ms Jessica Lee MP Green
Hazel Grove Mr Andrew Stunell OBE MP Liberal Democrat
Hemel Hempstead Mr Mike Penning MP Conservative
High Peak Mr Andrew Bingham MP Conservative
Holborn and St Pancras Rt Hon Frank Dobson MP Labour
Hornsey and Wood Green Ms Lynne Featherstone MP Liberal Democrat
Hove Mr Mike Weatherley MP Conservative
Hull North Ms Diana Johnson MP Labour
Ilford South Mr Mike Gapes MP Labour
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Mr Danny Alexander MP Liberal Democrat
Islington North Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP Labour
Islington South and Finsbury Ms Emily Thornberry MP Labour
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Ms Cathy Jamieson MP Labour
Kingston and Surbiton Mr Edward Davey MP Liberal Democrat
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP Labour
Knowsley Rt Hon George Howarth MP Labour
Lancaster and Fleetwood Mr Eric Ollerenshaw MP Conservative
Leeds Central Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP Labour
Leeds East Mr George Mudie MP Labour
Leeds North East Mr Fabian Hamilton MP Labour
Leeds North West Mr Greg Mulholland MP Liberal Democrat
Leeds West Ms Rachel Reeves MP Labour
Leicester South Sir Peter Soulsby MP Labour
Leicester West Ms Liz Kendall MP Labour
Lewes Mr Norman Baker MP Liberal Democrat
Lewisham East Ms Heidi Alexander MP Labour
Lewisham West and Penge Mr Jim Dowd MP Labour
Lewisham, Deptford Ms Joan Ruddock MP Labour
Leyton and Wanstead Mr John Cryer MP Labour
Llanelli Ms Nia Griffith MP Labour
Luton North Mr Kelvin Hopkins MP Labour
Makerfield Ms Yvonne Fovargue MP Labour
Manchester Central Mr Tony Lloyd MP Labour
Manchester, Gorton Rt Hon Sir Gerald Kaufman MP Labour
Manchester, Withington Mr John Leech MP Liberal Democrat
Meon Valley Mr George Hollingbery MP Conservative
Mid Dorset and North Poole Mrs Annette Brooke MP Liberal Democrat
Mid Norfolk Mr George Freeman MP Conservative
Mid Worcestershire Mr Peter Luff MP Conservative
Milton Keynes South Mr Iain Stewart MP Conservative
Montgomeryshire Mr Glyn Davies MP Conservative
Moray Mr Angus Robertson MP Scottish National Party
Na h-Eileanan an lar Mr Angus MacNeil MP Scottish National Party
Newark Mr Patrick Mercer OBE MP Conservative
Newbury Mr Richard Benyon MP Conservative
Newcastle Upon Tyne Central Ms Chi Onwurah MP Labour
Newcastle upon Tyne North Ms Catherine McKinnell MP Labour
Newcastle-under-Lyme Mr Paul Farrelly MP Labour
Newport West Mr Paul Flynn MP Labour
North Ayrshire and Arran Ms Katy Clark MP Labour
North Cornwall Mr Dan Rogerson MP Liberal Democrat
North Devon Mr Nick Harvey MP Liberal Democrat
North East Bedfordshire Mr Alistair Burt MP Conservative
North East Derbyshire Ms Natascha Engel MP Labour
North East Hertfordshire Mr Oliver Heald MP Conservative
North Norfolk Mr Norman Lamb MP Liberal Democrat
North Warwickshire Mr Dan Byles MP Conservative
Norwich North Ms Chloe Smith MP Conservative
Nottingham South Ms Lilian Greenwood MP Labour
Oldham West and Royton Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP Labour
Orkney and Shetland Mr Alistair Carmichael MP Scottish National Party
Orpington Mr Jo Johnson MP Conservative
Oxford East Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP Labour
Paisley and Renfrewshire North Mr Jim Sheridan MP Labour
Penrith and The Border Mr Rory Stewart MP Conservative
Perth and North Perthshire Mr Peter Wishart MP Scottish National Party
Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport Ms Alison Seabeck MP Labour
Preseli Pembrokeshire Mr Stephen Crabb MP Conservative
Putney Ms Justine Greening MP Conservative
Redditch Mrs Karen Lumley MP Conservative
Rhondda Mr Chris Bryant MP Labour
Romsey and Southampton North Mrs Caroline Nokes MP Conservative
Salford and Eccles Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP Labour
Scunthorpe Mr Nic Dakin MP Labour
Sefton Central Mr Bill Esterson MP Labour
Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough Rt Hon David Blunkett MP Labour
Sheffield Central Mr Paul Blomfield MP Labour
Sheffield South East Mr Clive Betts MP Labour
Sheffield, Hallam Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP Liberal Democrat
Skipton and Ripon Mr Julian Smith MP Conservative
Slough Ms Fiona Mactaggart MP Labour
Solihull Ms Lorely Burt MP Liberal Democrat
South Basildon and East Thurrock Ms Angela C Smith MP Labour
South Dorset Mr Richard Drax MP Conservative
South Northamptonshire Mrs Andrea Leadsom MP Conservative
South West Surrey Mr Jeremy Hunt MP Conservative
Southampton, Test Dr Alan Whitehead MP Labour
St Albans Mrs Anne Main MP Conservative
St Austell and Newquay Mr Stephen Gilbert MP Liberal Democrat
St Ives Mr Andrew George MP Liberal Democrat
Stafford Mr Jeremy Lefroy MP Conservative
Stevenage Mr Stephen McPartland MP Conservative
Stirling Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP Labour
Stockport Ms Ann Coffey MP Labour
Stockton North Mr Alex Cunningham MP Labour
Stoke-on-Trent South Mr Robert Flello MP Labour
Streatham Mr Chuka Umunna MP Labour
Stroud Mr Neil Carmichael MP Conservative
Suffolk Coastal Dr Therese Coffey MP Conservative
Sutton Coldfield Mr Andrew Mitchell MP Conservative
Thornbury and Yate Prof Steve Webb MP Liberal Democrat
Tooting Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP Labour
Totnes Dr Sarah Wollaston MP Conservative
Tottenham Rt Hon David Lammy MP Labour
Twickenham Dr Vincent Cable MP Liberal Democrat
Tynemouth Mr Alan Campbell MP Labour
Vauxhall Miss Kate Hoey MP Labour
Wakefield Ms Mary Creagh MP Labour
Walthamstow Dr Stella Creasy MP Labour
Watford Mr Richard Harrington MP Conservative
Wellingborough Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP Liberal Democrat
West Bromwich West Mr Adrian Bailey MP Labour
West Dorset Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP Conservative
West Ham Ms Lyn Brown MP Labour
West Lancashire Ms Rosie Cooper MP Labour
Westminster North Ms Karen Buck MP Labour
Westmorland and Lonsdale Mr Tim Farron MP Liberal Democrat
Wigan Ms Lisa Nandy MP Labour
Witney Rt Hon David Cameron MP Conservative
Woking Mr Jonathan Lord MP Conservative
Wolverhampton South West Mr Paul Uppal MP Conservative
Worthing West Mr Peter Bottomley MP Conservative
Wycombe Mr Steve Baker MP Conservative
York Central Mr Hugh Bayley MP Labour



The fast-track system

Under the ‘Detained Fast Track’ (DFT) procedure, people seeking asylum who are in the UK are interviewed by Home Office officials following which a decision is made as to whether their case can be decided quickly and is suitable for ‘fast-tracking’. Often this decision is made on the basis of the person’s country of origin.

Immigration detention

Foreign nationals who are subject to immigration control can be held in immigration detention in certain circumstances.

The right to seek asylum

If you come into the UK and you are escaping persecution you have a right to seek asylum.

Liberty challenges unnecessary imprisonment of asylum claimants 

16 May 2007

The European Court of Human Rights today will seek to determine if the detention of asylum seekers for mere administrative convenience violates their right to liberty.

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Memorial for asylum seeker who committed suicide whilst in detention

30 January 2006

Today a memorial meeting will be held for Bereket Yohannes, a 26-year old Eritrean man who committed suicide whilst detained in Harmondsworth Detention Centre on 19th January.

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