Today, Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire announced his approval of a new restraint system for the managing of people who have been given deportation orders. The Independent Advisory Panel on Non-Compliance published the report approved by Brokenshire. The treatment of the removal of migrants and the conditions of detention centres have raised concerns, as a number of stories have been released of deaths and neglect. The Home Office has accepted all of the recommendations stated in the Independent Advisory Panel’s report and are implementing new training for overseas and in-country escort staff, which will begin on 28 July 2014.
James Brokenshire: Treat Detainees with Respect and Minimising the need for Restraint
James Brokenshire, released a statement of his approval of the Independent Advisory Panel on Non-Compliance assessment and his appreciation of the UK Government agreeing to the recommendations made by the panel:
“This fulfils a commitment by this government to provide training for escort staff that reflects the environment they work in, both in-country and overseas. The bespoke training is tailored to the experience and behaviour of detainees and staff in immigration removals and provides practical tools to de-escalate situations and minimise the use of restraint. The report by the Independent Advisory Panel for Non Compliance Management is welcomed by the government. The report recognises the balance to be struck between treating detainees with respect and minimising the need for restraint, with our responsibility to enforce immigration law, which sometimes requires the use of physical intervention.”
The new training for private security staff who carry out deportations, come after heavy criticism from the chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick. Hardwick expressed concern over the death of Jimmy Mubenga in 2010. Mubenga was an Angolan national who lived in the UK for 16 years with his wife and five children, before the Home Office decided to deport him after he had served a two year sentence for assault. Mubenga, died whilst being heavily restrained by three guards for more than half an hour on board a plane at Heathrow airport. Several passengers on the plane said that they could hear him yelling and complaining that he could not breathe. The inquest jury found the death of Jimmy Mubenga was an unlawful killing. The three guards have been charged with manslaughter and will face trail later this year.
Home Office Accepts All Recommendations
The Home Office has accepted all of the Independent Advisory Panel’s recommendations, which includes:
- Assessing the competence of escort staff
- Independent monitoring of individual during the new training programme
- Conduct a formal review of the training package
- Extending the use of body worn cameras to the escort process
- Any incident in which force is used, staff must submit a detailed written report within 24 hours of arriving back in the UK
- The use of force should be kept at a minimum and staff should avoid restraint tactics, unless absolutely necessary
- Finally, the home Office accepts that the system of restraint and equipment suggested by National Offender Management System is safe and serves a purpose. Implementation and training will start in July 2014.
Are you Affected by a ‘Deportation Order’?
Illegal migrants with strong Human Rights arguments ought to take legal advice and regularise their stay in the UK as soon as possible and before it is too late. If you have received correspondence from Capita, it is advisable that you seek immediate legal advice before enforcement action is taken against you by the Home Office.
Contact us to discuss your immigration situation and we will assess your case and provide you with options of regularising your stay.