Committee for the Prevention of Torture report on the United Kingdom criticises immigration detention

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Council of Europe's Committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CPT) has published their report on a visit to the United Kingdom in September 2012. The report includes an assessment of Immigration removal centres (IRC) in England. Among the findings are allegations by detainees of excessive use of force and verbal abuse at Colnbrook IRC, and an insufficient range of purposeful activities for those held for longer than a few months. CPT’s recommendations include: (1) Ending the handcuffing of detainees during medical consultations in hospitals; (2) Where evidence of torture is submitted by a medical practitioner, a review of the appropriateness of detention must be rapidly undertaken; (3) Reconsider the lack of a time limit for immigration detention under the Immigration Act 1971.

Read the CPT’s report and press release, and the response of the UK authorities.

28 March 2014

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