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UK: legal action launched to ensure govt. holds G4S to account for serious maltreatment of detainees

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15 February 2018

Cabinet Office letters by Leigh Day

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15 February 2018

UK: legal action launched to ensure govt. holds G4S to account for serious maltreatment of detainees

Author: Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)

"Bail for Immigration Detainees launches legal action to ensure the government holds G4S to account", 15 Feb 2018

Formal legal action has today been launched against the UK government in an attempt to force it to designate security company G4S a ‘High Risk’ strategic supplier in the wake of a number of catastrophic failings. Lawyers from Leigh Day, who are acting on behalf of charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), have begun legal action to hold the government to account after its refusal to confirm whether G4S has been designated a ‘High Risk’ strategic supplier. BID argues that a catalogue of serious failings by G4S, many of which were highlighted in a Panorama documentary last year entitled: ‘Britain’s Immigration Secrets’,...G4S currently benefits from a number of multi-million pound contracts with the government, operating two immigration detention centres, five prisons and one secure training centre.  As such, they are a ‘strategic supplier’ to the government. The Panorama documentary highlighted a series of failings at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in West Sussex including the maltreatment of detainees by staff, a widespread culture of disrespect and the falsification of incident reports in order to cover up misconduct...

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