In many detention centres, the conditions in which detainees are forced to live are appalling. In Brook House IRC for instance, we gathered that detainees are locked in their cells for over 13 hours a day without express legal provision to do so, and the conditions in the cells are inhuman and degrading. The cells contain a toilet, unscreened from the rest of the cell, causing acute embarrassment to detainees who have to urinate and defecate in front of their roommates, and forcing some to pray next to the toilet.
We consider these conditions to violate fundamental human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, including Articles 3 (right not to be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment), 5 (right to liberty) and 8 (right to a private and personal life) and have challenged them in Court.
We can offer advice and assistance in relation to challenging these conditions, and we may be able to secure your transfer to a different detention centre or to bring a claim against the Home Office by judicial review.