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Habeas Corpus Project

Registered Charity Number 1159689

The Habeas Corpus Project has the primary objective of challenging the unlawful detention of individuals caught up in the UK’s immigration system. The principle of Habeas Corpus, that “no Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned but by lawful judgement of his Peers or by the Law of the Land”, is enshrined in the Magna Carta, 1215 and is therefore a fundamental principle of our contemporary democracy. Despite this, the UK is the only country in the EU that detains people indefinitely, many of whom are held illegally. Recent cuts to legal aid have made it increasingly difficult for individuals to access the justice system in order to challenge cases of unlawful detention. Consequently, the Habeas Corpus Project aims to pro-bono legal assistance and representation where it is no longer available.

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