Private border staff ‘out of control’


The UK Border Agency has been criticised for the way it manages the forced removal of failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants from the UK.
Inappropriate and dangerous use of restraint techniques and abusive racist language are two of the findings of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
The committee report was instigated after the death of Jimmy Mubenga in 2010.
Emma Ginn, co-ordinator of the charity Medical Justice, reflects on their fears inappropriate behaviour towards detainees.
Responding to the allegations, the agency says: “Where someone is found to have no right to be in the UK we’d prefer they left voluntarily, where they don’t we’ll enforce their removal. Usually no restraint is needed. ”
“Escorts only use restraint in the face of serious violence and disruption by those being returned. We’ve already implemented the majority of the recommendations within the report.”

source: © 2012


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