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Brook House Inquiry public hearings conclude

Phase 2 of the Brook House Inquiry concluded today. Over 11 weeks of public hearings, the Inquiry has called evidence from 74 witnesses.

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 Chair will reach conclusions with regard to the treatment of detained persons and whether there is credible evidence of mistreatment contrary to article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights and then make recommendations. The Inquiry’s full terms of reference can be found here.

The Inquiry has heard evidence of widespread abuse within Brook House and systemic failings in the operation of key safeguards.

The footage and transcripts of the public hearings are available through the Inquiry’s website.

Jonathan Dixey and Jennifer Wright are instructed on behalf of the Independent Monitoring Board. The IMB’s closing statement is reported here.