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Forwarded Press Release - Prison inspector publishes deportation 'concerns' ahead of Pakistan flight tonight

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Concerns about the escorts employed by the Home Office for deportation flights - Corporate Watch 

Forwarded from Corporate Watch: The Chief Inspector of Prisons published today a report raising “a number of concerns about the overseas escorts” employed by the Home Office for deportation flights. The stark warning comes as 30 detainees at Yarl's Wood are on hunger-strike in protest at a mass deportation to Pakistan this evening. Supporters from the 'Movement for Justice' (MFJ) are gathering outside the Home Office this afternoon, arguing that “five of the eight women facing deportation to Pakistan tonight have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment from male officers in Yarl's Wood. The attempt to deport the witnesses is part of the Home Office's desperate attempts to cover up the scandal”.

The Inspection took place during the summer at Brook House, an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) outside Gatwick Airport run by G4S. The overseas escorts are provided by Tascor, another private security company who will be taking the Pakistani women from Yarl's Wood to an undisclosed airport tonight. In a statement that appears to corroborate the MFJ's concerns, the prison inspector said “If allegations of assault were made by a detainee during removal, which were supported by medical evidence, the Home Office did not delay removal pending a police investigation”. The inspection team “also saw physical and verbal intimidation of a detainee”, describing how “an escort, taller and bigger than him, came close to him and said that if he had to be placed in handcuffs he would need to explain to the receiving authorities why he did not want to return to their country, implying that he would experience rough treatment”.

The Inspector also said “the practice of taking detainees to the airport as standbys continued and it remained inhumane and unacceptable”, a reference to the practice of 'reserves' which the Home Affairs Select Committee has called to be stopped.

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