Joint Committee On Human Rights Seventeenth Report

6. Letter from Amnesty International United Kingdom

Please find enclosed copies of Amnesty International UK's submission in response to the Government's White Paper, "Secure Border, Safe Haven" and briefing paper[167] on the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill prepared for the Second Reading Debate in the House of Commons. I hope these documents will be of assistance in the Joint Committee's consideration of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill.

Amnesty International UK would particularly like to draw the Joint Committee's attention to our concerns about the provisions of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill relating to routine bail hearings for detained asylum seekers. Far from repealing provisions of Part III of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Amnesty International UK believes that asylum seekers detained under Immigration Act powers should have the right to challenge the lawfulness of the deprivation of liberty, promptly before a competent, independent and impartial authority in accordance with international law.

Please let me know if you require any further information about Amnesty International's concerns relating to the Bill.

25 April 2002

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