Statement on report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights
Leila Zadeh, Executive Director of UKLGIG, said,
“We welcome the recommendation from the Joint Committee on Human Rights to put a time limit on immigration detention. The UK is the only country in Europe that does not impose a time limit. A time limit of 28 days is urgently needed to reduce the distress and long-term mental health impact caused by such detention.
“We also urge the government to end completely the detention of LGBTQI+ people. Detention of LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum is wholly inappropriate, as they run a significant risk of being locked up among other people who may display the same discriminatory attitudes and hostility from which they have fled. They also frequently struggle to be granted refugee status if they have to make their asylum applications from inside a detention centre. The government should give greater consideration to alternatives to detention that allow LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum to remain in the community while their claims are processed”.
UKLGIG has been supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum process since 2003. We provide psychosocial support, legal advice and information, and advocate for changes in government policy and practice.
Contact: Leila Zadeh, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07434 655353