The Bill denies protection to victims of modern slavery and human trafficking and punishes children simply because their parents decided to flee persecution. It is a prohibition on the world’s most persecuted people seeking safety in the UK. The Bill does all this while granting arbitrary powers of indefinite detention to the Home Secretary which hollow out fundamental common law principles and creating rushed and ineffective legal proceedings which deny the cherished right to a fair hearing.
This joint civil society briefing for the House of Lords second reading of the Bill is co-written and approved by signatory civil society organisations. Due to specialist sector experience and expertise, most organisations have only signed parts of the briefing but that does not imply disagreement with the other parts. The briefing is a united effort among contributors.