It is well documented that asylum seekers regularly face serious risk of harm as a result of being detained, with torture survivors particularly vulnerable.
Freedom from Torture works with more than 1,000 survivors of torture every year, all of whom have fled abuse in their home countries to seek refuge in the UK. We’ve seen that being wrongly detained can have life-changing impacts on our clients’ rehabilitation from the brutal torture they’ve experienced, and reinforce their ongoing physical and psychological trauma.
We’ve repeatedly called for stronger protections to identify and secure the release of vulnerable adults over recent years. 2016’s Shaw Review of detention conditions, commissioned by Theresa May when she was home secretary and to which we submitted detailed evidence, echoed many of our concerns and called for a dramatic reduction in the use of detention. However, since then the situation has got worse rather than better.