Treatment of man with mental illness at UK detention centre breached human rights

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 04 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7191
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A man with a serious mental illness who was detained awaiting deportation from the United Kingdom at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre near London’s Heathrow airport was subjected to inhumane or degrading treatment in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, the High Court in London has ruled.

The case of the 31 year old Nigerian, named only as BA, is the second within three months in which the High Court has held that the circumstances of immigration detention of a severely mentally ill detainee reached the threshold of inhumane or degrading treatment.

Bhatt Murphy, the law firm representing BA and the 34 year old Indian national in the earlier case, said that the cases raised “real …

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