Submitted evidence to the secondary legislation security committee january 2013.

Evidence to the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

This evidence has been submitted jointly by Medical Justice, Freedom from Torture, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Rainbow Migration, JRS UK, Helen Bamber Foundation and Detention Action. We are gravely concerned by the new type of short-term Holding Facility created specifically for Manston, where people – including children, pregnant women, survivors of torture, trafficking, and those with serious mental health conditions and other vulnerabilities – who have crossed the English Channel from France or Belgium in small boats will face longer periods of detention, but with reduced safeguards and standards around healthcare, access to legal advice, communications and sleeping accommodation.