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Phil Miller is a researcher at Corporate Watch. Twitter: @pmillerinfo

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

People tied up ‘like animals’ on UK deportation flights

Commercial contractors routinely belt immigration detainees into restraints so extreme that they are rarely used in prisons.

Frail 84 year old subjected to ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’, prison ombudsman says

The death of Alois Dvorzak exposes increased shackling of immigration detainees, as commercial contractors fear financial penalties that follow escapes.

90% of immigration detainees visiting hospital were handcuffed, inquest hears

  • Dvorzak inquest. Day 8: Juror: Should arrangements for vulnerable detainees have been in place a long time ago?
  • Home Office official: “Yes. I don't know why they weren’t.” 

Why handcuff and chain 84 year old in hospital? ‘Home Office policy,’ inquest hears.

Doctor warned that Alois Dvorzak was “at high risk of death in detention”. Inquest, Day 7

London doctor: ‘We receive a lot of patients from detention centres. Quite often they’re cuffed.’

  • 84 year old immigration detainee was handcuffed and chained as he lay dying in hospital. Dvorzak Inquest, Day 6.

Dying detainee, 84, taken to hospital, handcuffed to a chain. Dvorzak inquest. Day 5

  • Coroner: “But Mr Dvorzak had chest pains. Why was he still handcuffed?”
  • Security company employee: “I can’t justify a comment on that.”
  • West London Coroner’s Court, 23 October 2015.

Security company tried to overrule medic’s concerns about Alois Dvorzak, inquest told. Day 4

The for-profit escort company Tascor told a worried medic that a frail old man’s removal from Britain “could not be aborted unless there was resistance”, an inquest jury hears. 

Dying 84 year old taken to hospital in handcuffs. Twice. Alois Dvorzak inquest. Day 3.

Manager of a UK for-profit detention centre tells inquest jury: “There was no room for discretion. Challenging it would have slowed him going to hospital.”

Alois Dvorzak inquest: Doctor repeatedly warned that 84 year old was not fit to be detained

Detention centre healthcare, by commercial contrator Primecare, was “extremely basic” and unsafe, court hears. 

Alois Dvorzak inquest: death of vulnerable and confused 84 year old detained by UK Border Force

Days before his death, a frail old Canadian man slept on chairs in a Gatwick Airport holding room, a court heard yesterday.

Satisfactory? The UK immigration lock-up that Samaritans dare not visit

  • • Another man dies at The Verne, an isolated detention centre in Dorset
  • • The Samaritans said Verne was too dangerous to visit
  • • Chief inspector of prisons concludes Verne is “satisfactory”

Dozens of fathers among migrants to be forcibly deported tonight

Men with strong family ties to the UK are being forcibly removed on ghost flights, leaving pregnant partners and young children behind.

Britain moves to deport Tamil torture survivor

22 year old man detained regardless of UK rules forbidding detention of torture survivors.

Child locked up ‘by mistake’ for 62 days at adult immigration jail

  • New report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons on Campsfield House, run by outsourcer Mitie, reveals:
  • • 16 year old detained ‘by mistake’
  • • Torture victims held in defiance of Home Office rules
  • • Dirty, overcrowded accommodation

Capita guard: “The course did not tell me what to do if someone is not breathing”

Another inquest, another death in UK immigration detention: the case of Tahir Mehmood. Phil Miller of Corporate Watch reports from the Coroner’s Court.

The national shame that is healthcare in UK immigration detention

Four years ago G4S was involved in the unlawful killing of an immigration detainee called Jimmy Mubenga. Now they're winning NHS contracts to care for detainees.

Investigating Mitie, the market leader in UK immigration detention

A company called Mitie cleans Odeon cinemas and NHS hospitals . . . Now, all of a sudden, they're the UK government's favoured supplier for locking up immigration detainees. How did that happen?

Dalrymple verdict: NEGLECT contributed to death of American tourist in UK immigration jail

• Home Office contractors agree “significant” financial settlement
• 77 year old locum doctor did not know detention centre rules
  • • Brian Dalrymple, a 35 year old American tourist, died of natural causes; neglect was a contributing factor
  • • Mother pays tribute to warm and loving man”

Medical care in UK detention centre a 'lamentable failure': Brian Dalrymple inquest report

Doctor who saw the American tourist before his death knew neither mental health law nor detention centre rules

Serco on the stand: Death of a US tourist in UK immigration detention

For years rival healthcare companies at two for-profit immigration lock-ups failed properly to communicate. A report from Day 4 of the inquest into the death of Brian Dalrymple

Death by corporate indifference

Who failed Brian Dalrymple, the American tourist who ended up dead in an immigration detention centre six weeks after landing in Britain? A report from Day One of the Inquest

Woman stands naked on airport runway, takes overdose

Britain deports mentally ill asylum seekers in leg restraints and paper suits. A new report by the prisons inspector sheds light on an ugly business.

Community policing or counter-terrorism: What was Britain doing in Sri Lanka?

Why were the British delivering a 'community policing' program during and after Sri Lanka's 2009 civil war? And why are 'national security and counter-terrorism' the reasons for refusing disclosure about it?

'Too narrow' inquiry into British complicity in 1984 Amritsar raid

What to do about accidental disclosures that Thatcher's government advised India on Golden Temple raid? Hold an inquiry. Keep it tight.

British special forces advised 1984 Amritsar raid

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sent the SAS to advise on the removal of dissident Sikhs from the Golden Temple months before the disastrous Amritsar raid, a top secret file reveals.

British government hires private jet to deport hunger-striker Isa Muazu

A Nigerian asylum seeker on hunger strike at a UK immigration detention centre is due to be forcibly deported early morning, Friday 29 November.

MI5 in Ceylon - the untold story

Britain's collusion in the Sri Lankan state's violent tactics of repression is finally coming to light. But it's only one part of its long history aiding police brutality across many former colonies - and much more remains unknown.

Security industry provides medics for UK deportation flights

The UK government entrusts security company rooted in the military with medical care of detainees on deportation flights.

'A slap on the wrist': Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council

An inteview with Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, President of the Tamil National People's Front, who warns that the Tamil genocide has not been curtailed in post-conflict Sri Lanka.

Student remembrance triggers Tamil rebirth

Strong geostrategic interests in the Indian Ocean may tacitly have condemned the Tamils of Sri Lanka to death on a massive scale in the 2009 aerial bombing of civilans, and ensuing post-war government repression. Recent social movement action in Jaffna shows a groundswell of resistance, but will the world take notice?

'Sending people back to be killed': Today's London to Colombo flight of failed refugees

Mass expulsions from Britain to Sri Lanka of 'failed' asylum seekers are increasing in frequency despite public controversy.

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