Seven victims of torture won a case against the Home Office over a policy which saw Asylum seekers fleeing persecution wrongly locked up in immigration detention centres across the UK.
They argued a government policy named “Adults at Risk” which was introduced in September 2016 defined torture too narrowly, meaning many vulnerable people were imprisoned despite doctors submitting evidence of torture and ill-treatment to the Home Office.
The judge ruled that the policy “lacked a rational or evidence basis” and that it “excludes certain individuals, whose experiences of the infliction of severe pain and suffering may indeed make them particularly vulnerable to harm in detention.”
The home office will now have to review 340 cases of detainees that have been persecuted but did not meet the new torture definition.
The name of the case is Medical Justice v Secretary of State for the Home Department and can be read here