Policy Officer with Human Rights Group Liberty
Rachel Robinson works on parliamentary campaigning and policy development across a range of Liberty’s issues, but with a focus on promoting human rights in immigration and asylum policy. Before working with Liberty, Rachel worked as a barrister specialising in asylum and human rights law.
Articles by Rachel Robinson
19 April 2016
Over the past eight years there have been seven immigration bills and – since she became Home Secretary – Theresa May has made 45,000 changes to the immigration rules.
A frenzy of activity on issues of immigration and asylum has seen appeal rights removed, legal aid denied, asylum support slashed, families torn apart by minimum income thresholds and private landlords tasked with immigration enforcement.
06 April 2016
Yesterday European authorities accepted that the refugee crisis has shown serious weaknesses in Europe’s asylum system. The Dublin system, which leaves border countries like Greece to take the lion’s share of responsibility for the refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe, has contributed dramatically to the human suffering played out across the continent.
22 March 2016
“This is a small but beautiful thing that we could do”
10 March 2016
Last night, as they debated the Government’s pernicious Immigration Bill in the House of Lords, Peers seized the opportunity to inject some much needed compassion into legislation rammed full of cruel and divisive proposals.
Crossbench Peer Lord Alton of Liverpool led the charge on an amendment to let asylum seekers work in this country if their claims are not determined within the Home Office target time of six months.
01 March 2016
Another week, another depressing reminder of the desperate state of the UK’s immigration detention estate. Tuesday’s report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMIP) on Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre makes for disturbing reading.
28 February 2016
The past week has seen a frenzied focus on our continued membership of the EU, with countless column inches and political interventions devoted to competing arguments on security, the economy and national sovereignty. Aside from weighty matters of the national interest, a side-show of party infighting, mud-slinging and personal revelations has provided drama and intrigue of (soap-)operatic proportions.
02 February 2016
This week saw the House of Lords resume its consideration of the Immigration Bill. The spotlight fell on a controversial proposed offence of driving while unlawfully resident in the UK.
31 January 2016
The Upper Tribunal has now handed down judgment in the case of the three children and one young man left in the Calais camps. After ordering the Government last week to permit them to reunite with their families in Britain, the Tribunal has handed down its reasons. They are, to say the least, grimly illuminating.
14 January 2016
In a 364-page report released today, former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Stephen Shaw CBE delivers a serious blow to an immigration detention system creaking under the strain of widespread condemnation.
02 December 2015
During Report stage consideration of the Immigration Bill yesterday, the Commons debated issues which go to the heart of our national conscience. How do we treat those in desperate need, including children? What is the minimum of dignity and respect that our country should afford to everyone within our borders? How do we uphold fair play, compassion and the British sense of justice?