2017-10-10 10:46:45 UTC
By locking them up and treating them like convicts. We knew that, of
course, but now a court of law has said so. Some people here will say
who cares, if it helps to keep the migrants out it's all good.
Hundreds of victims of torture have been wrongly locked up in
immigration detention centres, a high court judge has ruled, following a
challenge by seven survivors of serious abuse.
Mr Justice Ouseley ruled that aspects of a Home Office policy introduced
in September 2016 known as “Adults At Risk” wrongly allowed many who had
been tortured overseas to be imprisoned.
The policy redefined torture to refer to violence carried out by
official state agents only. As a result, those tortured by traffickers,
terrorists or other non-government forces could be held in detention
even if expert medical evidence found the scars on their bodies to be
consistent with their accounts of torture.
Ouseley found that the narrowing of the definition of torture by the
Home Office in its flagship policy lacked “rational or evidence base”.