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Excessive force used against failed asylum seekers, charity claims

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.878-h (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:878
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

Asylum seekers who have failed to gain residency in the United Kingdom are being physically and verbally abused by companies charged with deporting them, claims a charity after studying a series of detainees.

As well as being handcuffed unnecessarily, detainees have been slapped and pushed around, often out of sight of witnesses inside security vehicles used to transport them, says the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.

The excess force used has left asylum seekers unconscious in some cases. Others have been found …

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