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Torture victims were unlawfully detained despite doctors’ concerns

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 11 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4710
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The UK government acted unlawfully in locking up too many torture victims in immigration detention centres, a High Court judge has ruled.1

Mr Justice Ouseley backed a legal challenge by seven detainees who were locked up during the asylum process, despite concerns among doctors that they had previously suffered torture. They were joined in bringing the claim by Medical Justice, a charity working for the health rights of detainees.

The seven were kept in detention centres in spite of rules approved by parliament stating that people who had …

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