Joint Committee On Human Rights Twenty-Third Report


The Joint Committee on Human Rights has agreed to the following Report:


Summary. When the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill reached its Report Stage in the House of Lords, the Government sought to introduce a number of substantial amendments, with significant human rights implications. In the face of opposition pressure, it was agreed to re-commit those parts of the Bill subject to the proposed amendments, and to withdraw another amendment and re-introduce on Third Reading. The House hoped to have the views of the JCHR on the amendments. The Committee has considered the amendments, and concludes that they give rise to potential incompatibilities with rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESC), and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Committee draws the attention of each House to the desirability of altering the proposed amendments to improve the safeguards for these rights, including the rights to freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment, to liberty, to respect for private and family life, to adequate housing, food and clothing, and to appropriate protection and humanitarian assistance for children seeking asylum.

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