Asylum seekers who claim to have been tortured should have right to independent medical examination

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.822b (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:822
  1. Christopher Bulstrode, Clinical reader in trauma and orthopaedics
  1. Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, John Radcliffe 11 Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR,—I have recently helped to prepare a medical report on a young Nigerian who claims that he was tortured during detention in Nigeria. No charges were ever brought against him despite months of detention under appalling circumstances. His crime was apparently that of belonging to and working for the Campaign for Democracy. He was held in detention in Britain for a year (presumably at enormous expense to taxpayers) while …

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