Ignored detention centre medical reports means torture survivors left to rot

An audit of the “Rule 35” process for reviewing the detention of torture survivors that the UK Border Agency has sat on for over a year was finally published this week, confirming fears that detention centre medical reports on victims of torture have been ignored. UKBA admit their practices “require considerable sharpening”.

Rule 35 is the only safeguard UKBA has to ensure vulnerable people, including torture survivors, are not “inappropriately” detained. It requires detention centre doctors to generate a Rule 35 report on “any detained person whose health is likely to be injuriously affected by continued detention”. UKBA should then review continued detention. Continue reading “Ignored detention centre medical reports means torture survivors left to rot”