Ethnic minority people have a greatly increased risk of being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, even when accounting for their increased risk of receiving a diagnosis of a severe mental illness.
Last year 12,666 people were forcibly deported from the UK – an average of nearly 35 people every day, often on commercial flights filled with holidaymakers, families and business travellers.
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.