A shocking new report from Medical Justice highlights the intolerable impact on asylum seekers who are caught up in the government’s scheme to send people arriving in the UK by boat to Rwanda. Indefinite detention awaited them as soon as they landed on UK soil.
Medical Justice is the only charity in the UK to send independent clinicians into all the Immigration
Removal Centres (IRCs) across the UK.
Two of the 36 people their clinicians interviewed were sent to Hassockfield/Derwentside, one after a week of being shunted around from one location to the next:
“Two women were detained at different sites before being transferred to Derwentside IRC; for one of them, she was held in a detention site in Kent for one night, before being transferred to Colnbrook, then on to Manchester STHF, and then to Derwentside IRC within the space of a week.”
Medical Justice found that many of them – all already identified as suitable for the Rwanda flights – had suffered abuse.
“Out of the 36 people in this report, at least 26 had indicators of torture histories and at least 17 had indicators of trafficking.”
This is only the tip of the iceberg of injustices outlined in the report.
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