Prisons inspection and the protection of human rights
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This chapter describes why independent inspection of places of custody is a necessary part of human rights protection, and how that independence is manifested and preserved in practice. It explains each of the healthy prison tests in turn, with some examples of the things that inspections have found, and that the Inspectorate has tried to change. The chapter discusses the work in inspecting immigration detention, an issue that Amnesty International has also taken a great interest in. In many ways, the treatment of foreign national prisoners and immigration detainees by the immigration authorities is symptomatic of a system that deals in case files and pieces of paper, rather than people. The inspections have lifted the veil on one of the most hidden parts of immigration detention: short-term holding facilities, which are sometimes in the controlled zone of ports and airports.

Incarceration and human rights

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2007

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