Amnesty presents damning report on security firms’ treatment of deportees
originally by: The Guardian
published: 7th July 2011
Detainees claim they have been strangled, beaten and dropped down aircraft steps while being deported by private security firms, according to a damning report that calls for a “complete and radical overhaul” of the government’s removals process. The report, by Amnesty International, also documents cases in which foreign nationals, being removed from the UK, have ended up with broken bones.
These cases took place since the death last year at Heathrow airport of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan deportee.
The report, seen exclusively by the Guardian, refers to concerns that private companies hired by the Home Office to remove failed asylum seekers are not properly training their guards. Some guards have used “non-approved restraints”, such as crude body straps and trouser belts, to hold deportees in their seats.
Insiders with direct knowledge of the removals system report “serious failings”, the report notes. “Staff are trained in control and restraint techniques that are unsuitable for use on aircraft; there is no mandatory training in the safe use of handcuffs and restraints; and there is no watertight system in place to ensure that those accredited to conduct removals have received the required level of training.”
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