UK watchdog criticises treatment of deportees on charter flights

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source: The Guardian
published: 6 July 2017

The enforced removal of some people from Britain on escorted chartered flights falls short of humane treatment, with some leaving the country in waist restraint belts or leg restraints almost as a default, according to an official watchdog.

The first annual report from the independent monitoring board covering charter flight deportations says that people being deported were generally treated fairly on Home Office charter flights but some aspects of their enforced removal fell short of providing basic dignity.

The board’s report on removals in 2016 highlighted the use of force or restraint, which in some cases “appears to be a hasty reaction to a mild statement to the escorts of unwillingness to leave”. Often the restraint is not removed until after the aircraft takes off.

The work of the monitoring board was formally approved by Home Office ministers in 2015. It came after the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who suffocated after being restrained by three G4S security guards in his seat during his enforced removal from Britain.

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