A video of men appearing to be sold at auction in Libya for $400 has shocked the world and focused international attention on the exploitation of migrants and refugees the north African country.
Hundreds of victims of torture have been wrongly locked up in immigration detention centres in the United Kingsom, a high court judge has ruled, following a challenge by seven survivors of serious abuse.
Shock belts, spiked batons, and electrified thumbscrews can serve no other purpose than to inflict pain on people. But although torture is prohibited by international law, goods such as these are still produced and sold worldwide.
Immigration detention and the abuses related to it get far less attention than they should. This is largely because it concerns immigrants and, in the current toxic state of the debate around immigration, it is hard to excite public and media concern.
Kris Maharaj was sentenced to death in 1987 for a double Miami murder ‘he didn’t commit’. This was later reduced to life, in what the human rights organisation, Reprieve, has described as “an epic miscarriage of justice”.
Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “looking at” the treatment of black people by mental health services amid claims of “institutional racism”. Labour MP Steve Reed has called for an inquiry.
The Guardians’ ‘Justice on Trial’ is ongoing series that aims to highlight cases where there are major concerns of a miscarriage of justice. Since the 1980s and 90s a flow of cases has undermined public confidence in the justice system.
Every year around 9,000 women are sent to prison, yet the only risk of harm posed by most of them is to themselves. Suicides in prison are on the rise. Already this year five women have taken their own lives inside.