Liberty responds to High Court ruling that Government's definition of torture for immigration detention purposes is unlawful

10 October 2017

Today the High Court has ruled the Government's narrow redefinition of torture in its immigration detention policy is unlawful, thanks to a case brought by Medical Justice.

Responding to the judgment, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: 

“We welcome today’s ruling – but it is a damning indictment of our Government that this sickening policy ever saw the light of day. In the UK in 2017, the Home Secretary ignored medical expertise, basic humanity and the law to sign off a barbaric policy to lock up traumatised torture survivors.

“It is symptomatic of a vicious approach to immigration detention that sees thousands of people locked up in brutal conditions around the UK, with no certainty of when or if they will be released. Until that ends, this Government is endorsing abuse.”