Dover immigration centre ‘dismissed torture claims’
originally by: BBC News
published: 15 August 2012
Detainees who claimed they had been tortured were treated dismissively by officers at Dover immigration removal centre, prisons inspectors have said.
Reports by officers at the Kent centre lacked photographs, body maps and judgements on whether scarring matched alleged abuse, inspectors found.
Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick called on the UK Border Agency to improve its response to such claims.
The UKBA said it had made improvements but there was more work to be done. Inspectors said officers’ reports were made under Detention Centre Rule 35, which sets out how immigration staff deal with torture claims.
Mr Hardwick said they were poor, often hand-written and difficult to read.
He said: “Cases involving torture described scarring but lacked photographs or body maps. There were no judgements on whether scarring was consistent with the alleged method of abuse”.
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