Asylum: Detainees:Written question - 126215

Asked by Sammy Wilson
(East Antrim)
Asked on: 01 February 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Detainees
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to review its policy on detention for asylum seekers who have made an application on the grounds they were victims of torture.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 07 February 2018

The Government is considering how it can address the Court’s findings in relation to the statutory guidance covering the adults at risk in immigration detention policy. This includes consideration of the definition of torture that should apply in the policy. The policy already covers asylum seekers who claim to have been the victim of torture and will continue to do so.

The Court did not find that the definition of torture currently in use in the policy was unlawful. It did, however, find that the definition used between September 2016 and December 2016 had been unlawful.

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