Death at Colnbrook IRC

A tragic death today of a detainee at Colnbrook IRC. This comes just over a month after the Shaw review into detention centres in which it was clear “a lot needs to be done
at Colnbrook to ensure that detainees’ needs are properly met“.

The review also found that the academic literature “demonstrates incontrovertibly that detention in and of itself undermines welfare and contributes to vulnerability“.

While the exact circumstances surrounding this death are unconfirmed, it underlines the need for urgent action on the part of the Government. Despite promising “significant and transformative reform” in his response to the Shaw review, the Minister for Immigration James Brokenshire has yet to act.


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