PUBLICATION OF NPM EIGHTH ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17
The NPM’s Eighth Annual Report was published on 20 February 2018. It gives an overview of members’ work monitoring detention across the UK from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and the NPM’s joint, thematic work on transitions and pathways between different detention settings.
The report was laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice who said, in a Written Ministerial Statement, “I commend the important work that the NPM has carried out over this period and the NPM’s independent role in safeguarding the human rights of detainees across the UK.”
The NPM Chair John Wadham said: “OPCAT provides us with a crucial framework to strengthen our work monitoring places of detention, and it encourages us to focus even more carefully on preventing ill-treatment in practice…. Next year we need to strengthen both the NPM and its members. A key challenge for us remains our informal status, lack of legislation and guarantees of independence and, finally, the inadequate nature of the resources available centrally.”
PUBLICATION OF NPM DETENTION POPULATION DATA MAPPING PROJECT 2016-17
On 24 January 2018, the NPM published the results of a project to map the detention population across the UK between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.
To perform its functions effectively, the NPM requires information about where and how many people are detained including in prisons, immigration centres, secure settings for children and young adults and psychiatric hospitals. To provide an overview of detention across every setting in the four jurisdictions of the UK, the annual data mapping project brings together existing population data and highlights what is missing. This year data has also been sourced on the number of deaths that occurred in or following detention across the UK.
NPM Chair John Wadham commented on the findings.
CPT REPORT ON DETENTION IN THE UK
On 19 April 2017, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report which examines practices in police stations, prisons, immigration removal centres and mental health detention, after a visit to the UK from 20 March to 12 April 2016. NPM Chair John Wadham welcomes the report, which reflects many concerns of NPM members.