Thank you to all of those who joined us on Tuesday at SOAS for the “Challenging Unlawful Detention” training event.
We were delighted to host four speakers. Medico-legal expert Dr Frank Arnold discussed the mental and physical toll detention takes on individuals, the barriers to accessing adequate medical care and the Home Office’s “malign disbelief” towards survivors of torture in detention.
Ben du Preez from Detention Action talked about the policy and politics surrounding the campaign to end indefinite detention.
Ousman Noor of the Habeas Corpus Project explained detention law and approaches to challenging unlawful detention.
We were also honoured to welcome Joe, a member of the Freed Voices Group, to talk about his direct experience of being held in Dover IRC for three years.
We had a great turn out and hope to run a similar event in early 2016, which we will advertise on this page.
Thank you also to SOAS Detainee Support for helping us to organise the event.