JCHR Press Notice 04-05 No. 3

Session 2004-05                                    9 December 2004

Forthcoming Publication

Deaths in Custody

The Third Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2004-05, Deaths in Custody, will be published on Tuesday 14 December 2004 at 00.01 am as House of Lords Paper 15-I/House of Commons Paper 137-I.

The Committee's Report considers deaths in prisons, police custody, immigration detention and Mental Health Act detention. The Committee examines this issue in the context of the human rights obligations placed on the state and its authorities, primarily under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, to take steps to prevent deaths of people in detention and to establish independent and effective investigations into deaths which do occur.

Embargoed copies of the Report will be available to press and witnesses prior to publication-please contact the Committee office between 10.00 am-noon, Monday 13th December.

The Rt Hon Jean Corston MP, Chair of the Committee, will be available for interviews on Tuesday 14 December.  Please contact Hilary Evans on 020 7219 1568 or (mobile) 07966 760 633 to make arrangements.

Written evidence submitted to the inquiry and oral evidence taken before Committee will be published very shortly  in a separate volume.