Stopping dawn raids at accommodation for people seeking asylum Home Office staff began conducting surprise raids at accommodation for people who had recently arrived in the UK and who had sought asylum here. The visits took place at dawn, and there were no interpreters present. The residents were abruptly woken, and forced to answer questions, despite the fact that they had usually had very little sleep, after arriving at the accommodation late at night. They were often frightened and unable to understand what they were being asked. A voluntary sector organisation, having received human rights training from BIHR and legal advice from Liberty, challenged this practice on the basis that it interfered with the residents’ right to respect for private life (Article 8). They argued that there were less intrusive methods that the Home Office could employ to keep a record of who was staying at the accommodation. The Home Office conceded, and stopped the dawn raids, meaning that residents were able to begin the process of seeking asylum without fear of intimidation in their own home.