6. Letter from Amnesty International United
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
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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