The detainees reported nightmares, flashbacks, sleep disturbance, weight loss and panic attacks. After examining them, our doctors were left wondering on what basis the decision to detain them was taken. Some have since been released and, although still not granted refugee status, have not absconded. Others continue to be detained for an indefinite period. They have no opportunity to have their detention reviewed, unlike remand prisoners.
Asylum seekers flee torture, persecution and imprisonment to find sanctuary in the UK. Instead of finding freedom, they are detained like criminals. Is it not time that the Government examined its conscience over its treatment of refugees?
Director, Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture