Brook House Inquiry publishes Final Report

19 September 2023

The Brook House Inquiry was established to investigate the decisions, actions and circumstances surrounding the mistreatment of detained persons at the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre as shown in the BBC Panorama programme ‘Under-Cover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets’, which aired on 4 September 2017. The Inquiry investigated the treatment of detained persons and assessed whether there was credible evidence of mistreatment contrary to article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Inquiry has now published its final report which can be found here. The Chair’s public statement can be viewed here. The Report, published after more than 3 years of investigation, makes detailed and important findings as to the circumstances at Brook House in 2017, many of which have wider application to the immigration detention system in the UK more widely. Significantly, the Chair identified 19 separate incidents occurring over a 5 month period in which she found that there was credible evidence of acts or omissions that were capable of amounting to mistreatment under article 3. The Chair has made 33 recommendations which require the government and other organisations to take action “to ensure that detained people are accorded the dignity and compassion they deserve.”

Jonathan Dixey and Jennifer Wright are instructed on behalf of the Independent Monitoring Board. Press reports can be found herehere, and here.


Jonathan Dixey

Call 2007

Jennifer Wright

Call 2018


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