Millions of pounds in compensation being paid to them
30th September 2010: Migrants traumatized after being locked up in detention centres across the UK are costing the government dear. A report in The Guardian notes that millions of pounds in compensation are being paid to them.
According to the government figures, £12m has been shown as ‘special payments’ for 2009-10 and a further £3m the year before. The amount includes compensation.
A lawyer at Birnberg Peirce, Harriet Wistrich, claimed there was a ‘systemic failure’ to protect torture victims, who came to the UK seeking refuge.
He said it was nothing short of scandalous that they are causing serious harm by detaining people, sometimes for long periods of time, who have done nothing other than seek a place of sanctuary from the horrors they have escaped from, in the mistaken belief that Britain is a just and tolerant society.
Shamik Dutta of the law firm Fisher Meredith said he had dealt with 15 or 20 cases in the past three years. The report also quote Shami Chakrabarti, director of the human rights group Liberty, as saying: ‘Liberty is intervening in this case to end the detention of families with children and to press for an inquiry into deeply disturbing allegations of bullying and violence against some of the most forgotten vulnerable people in Britain.’