Tuesday 13 March 2018 / 11:19 AM Diane Abbott / Immigration

Holding people for years on end without a release date amounts to indefinite detention – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the HM Inspectorate of Prisons assessment that detainees at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre have been held for up to four years, said:

“The Government claims there is no indefinite immigration detention but holding people for years on end without a release date amounts to exactly that. This treatment is inhumane, with conditions described as ‘prison-like’ by the Inspectorate.

“The Inspector’s report paints a damning picture of the regime at Harmondsworth. Against all assurances, victims of torture are being detained there, adding to their trauma. The place is filthy and infested. Detainees are regularly handcuffed.

“The immigration detention system is clearly broken and Labour in government will address this chaos.”