Video clips from the Committee Meeting discussing the Immigration Bill amendment on segregation
The following clips are taken from the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill Committee that took place on the 18th of June in which Stuart McDonald MP, an officer of the All Party Palimentary Group on Immigration Detention, tabled the segregation amendment.
Stuart McDonald MP: “I am grateful to Medical Justice for flagging up this particular issue – it’s about the continued use of segregation in IRCs which we believe risks causing severe and permanent damage to detainees …”
Stuart McDonald MP: “A report from Medical Justice in 2015 showed that segregation is being used as a form of punishment …”
Stuart McDonald MP: “It’s the actual availability of segregation which perpetuates inappropriate detention of the people who very often end up subject to segregation …”
Immigration Minister: “any decision to remove a detainee from association with other detainees is not one that should be taken lightly”
Stuart McDonald MP: “I am grateful to the minister and his explantuion of what should happen but … what the Minister has just described does not reflect what is actually happening in detention centres”