The High Court ruled today that five torture survivors were unlawfully detained by the Home Secretary.
Poor decision-making in UK asylum system fails people in genuine need of protectionNews - 9 November, 2012
UK ‘illegally detaining victims of torture’ at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Scotland In the Media - 1 October, 2012
HMIP Report Uncovers More Flaws in UKBA Detention PracticesNews - 16 August, 2012
A report published yesterday by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, has called for the UK Border Agency to
Torture claims handling at Dover immigration removal centre criticisedIn the Media - 15 August, 2012
The shameful circumstances in which torture survivors are routinely held in immigration detention in the UK came to light yet again this week, as Medical Justice published disturbing evidence of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) continuing to breach its own policy of not detaining tortur
The risk that torture survivors face of being wrongly held in administrative detention in the UK was exposed yet again last week, as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons became the second inspectorate in as many months to find significant failings with UK Border Agency detention practices
Chief Inspector finds UKBA Detained Fast Track failing torture survivorsNews - 24 February, 2012
The Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has warned that there is currently "too great a risk" that survivors of torture are being placed in the Detained Fast Track (DFT) system whilst their applications for asylum are considered – contrary to the Agency's o
Torture Victims Held In Detention Because Of Unsuitable UK Border Agency Process In the Media - 23 February, 2012
An audit of the UK Border Agency's process for reviewing the immigration detention of individuals who claim they are survivors of torture, published today by the Home Office over a year after it was conducted, totally fails to deliver on its intention to establish the extent to which the UKBA is complying with its policy against the detention of torture victims except in 'very exceptional circumstances'. Today's report states that in 91 per cent of cases where 'Rule 35' forms were filed by medical practitioners in detention centres, the individuals were not released, but no explanation as to why these decisions were taken is offered.
Nick Clegg announces timeline for end to child detentionNews - 16 December, 2010
The Medical Foundation today welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's announcement which sets a timeline for a long overdue end to the detention of children for immigration purposes. While commending the government's commitment and efforts by the UK Border Agency to identify alternatives, the MF does however still have concerns about the protection of children and families' rights in some of the plans that are currently being piloted.