Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre

Home Office written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards are in place to ensure that human rights legislation is complied with in respect of detainees at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

The Human Rights Act 1998 requires that primary and subordinate legislation must be given effect in a way that is compatible with the Convention rights defined in the Act.

Detainees in the immigration detention estate, including those in Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC), must be treated in accordance with the Detention Centre Rules 2001, the operating standards for IRCs and Detention Services Orders.

Service providers for IRCs are contractually required to comply with all relevant UK legislation.

IRCs are subject to statutory oversight by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons and by Independent Monitoring Boards who are both members of the National Preventative Mechanism comprising a group of independent bodies which monitor the treatment of and conditions for detainees.

This contributes to the UK’s response to its international obligations under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

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