"Deport first, appeal later"

We’re lucky to live in the world’s oldest unbroken democracy – a land where notions of dignity and fairness are generally treasured. But our justice system isn’t perfect. No justice system is. That’s why appeal rights are so essential – allowing people, as they do, to challenge the decisions of public officials in courts and tribunals.

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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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UK complicity in torture

Human rights law bans the use of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This requires not only that countries do not engage in torture or subject people to ill-treatment, but that they don’t condone or become complicit in torture or ill-treatment.

No torture

The prohibition on torture or inhuman or degrading treatment is one of the few absolute rights – it can never be justified.

 

 

Law Lords to consider “deportation to torture” appeals

23 October 2008

Details of Algeria’s human rights record should not be subject to secret hearings by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) when determining if Algerian nationals are to be returned to the risk of torture, said the human rights group Liberty today.

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Liberty challenges extensive secrecy in Algerian deportation case 

18 June 2007

Details of Algeria’s human rights record and diplomatic negotiations between the UK and Algerian governments should not be the subject of secret hearings by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) when determining if Algerian detainees are to be returned to the risk of torture, said the human rights group Liberty.

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Liberty calls for investigation in mistreatment of asylum seekers

21 May 2007

As evidence is revealed of vulnerable detainees being imprisoned in overcrowded and flooded cells while fires burned, Liberty called on the Home Office to act. They requested the Home Secretary, John Reid, to order a public inquiry into the serious disturbance that took place at Harmondsworth detention centre in west London last November and into the treatment that led detainees to desperate measures.

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UK Borders Bill problematic says Liberty

02 February 2007

Liberty today expressed concern about Government plans to deport foreign nationals without proper safeguards and to introduce biometric identity cards for all non-European Economic Area nationals. These measures are found in the UK Borders Bill which will have its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 5 February.

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Judge dismisses Algerian detainee's appeal against deportation

24 August 2006

Today the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) determined that Algerian terror suspect 'Y' should be forcibly returned to Algeria. 'Y' can appeal this decision next month.

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