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Revealed: two suicide attempts every day in UK detention centres (Guardian) (15 October 2018)

Date: 15/10/2018
Duncan Lewis, InThePress Solicitors, Revealed: two suicide attempts every day in UK detention centres (Guardian)

Lewis Kett, of Duncan Lewis’ Public Law department, petitioned for a Freedom of Information (FoI) response revealing the number of people in immigration detention that are considered ‘Adults at Risk’ who remain locked up. It showed that the number of detainees receiving “Rule 35(3)” reports had increased year-upon-year in the last four years indicating that the Home Office were routinely detaining more victims of torture. This was despite the Home Office’s ‘Adults at Risk in Immigration Detention' policy being introduced in September 2016 with the express intention of trying to reduce the number of vulnerable persons in detention. The FoI also showed that the “Rule 35” process, a trigger for reviewing detention of vulnerable persons, was not being sufficiently utilised for detainees who were deemed to be a suicide risk. And yet another FoI obtained by the advocacy group “No Deportations” revealed that the rate of suicide attempts has gone up in the last few months, with 159 attempts in total. 22% more than were previously recorded. Lewis informed the Guardian: “This freedom of information response shows that the number of recognised vulnerable people in detention is increasing…This includes survivors of torture as well as those about whom there are serious concerns that they are a suicide risk. The ‘adults at risk’ policy was introduced two years ago to reduce the number of vulnerable detainees. The evidence shows it’s having the opposite effect.”

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