Freedom from Torture response to the latest report by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Freedom from Torture, said:

“Freedom from Torture has been documenting the physical and psychological consequences of torture for the purposes of torture survivors’ asylum claims since the charity was established in 1985.

 “We do this through the production of medico-legal reports (MLRs) which are prepared by expert doctors in accordance with the Istanbul Protocol, a UN-approved documentation standard which we helped establish. Our reports go through a very rigorous medical and legal review process and the vast majority are produced within the agreed five-month timescale.

“We regard the report by the Chief Inspector  of Borders and Immigration as misleading in respect of our MLRs and we will be bringing this to his attention.”


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