High Court grants permission in judicial review seeking independent public inquiry into abuse of immigration detainees at Brook House

29.05.18 | |

The High Court (Holman J) has granted permission to two claimants seeking to challenge the Home Secretary’s refusal to announce an independent public inquiry into repeated racial and physical abuse revealed at Brook House by BBC’s Panorama programme “Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets” in September 2017.


Jesse Nicholls, instructed by Joanna Thompson of Deighton Pierce Glynn and acting with Nick Armstrong of Matrix Chambers, represents BB, one of the claimants subjected to abuse at Brook House, a Centre near Gatwick Airport run by G4S. Panorama exposed multiple instances of abuse, mistreatment and efforts to conceal evidence and alter records at the Immigration Removal Centre, yet official reviews and reports at the time identified no concerns and painted a positive picture of Brook House. Despite the Immigration Minister describing the footage as “appalling”, the Government has recently announced a two year extension to G4S’s contracts for Brook House and Tinsley House, another Immigration Removal Centre.


At the High Court, BB’s legal team argued that the Home Secretary’s response to the Brook House abuse has not satisfied his investigative obligations under Article 3 ECHR and that an independent public inquiry is required to investigate what happened, how it was allowed to continue, and why it was repeatedly missed. In granting permission, Justice Holman stated that the case was “eminently arguable”. The claim will now proceed to a full judicial review in the Autumn.


Read about this case in the Guardian and the Independent, and this from the BBC.


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