The government is demonstrating once more its absolute callousness and utter disregard for people’s lives.

First published in January 2021.

Throughout the pandemic, the UK government hasn’t just failed migrants, it has seemed to actively ensured many suffer as much as possible (denial of assistance etc.).

But this is another level though:

They are risking people’s lives just to continue to detain them for being born elsewhere.

Not only will moving people between detention centre increase the risk of spreading Covid, particularly as detainees are effectively being denied appropriate medical assistance, it will also make it even harder for them to access legal representation.

Priti Patel. | Number 10

Considering the actions of the Home Office already, it is fairly easy to see how this will lead to migrants disappearing into the system and being reasonable for their access to the courts prior to being removed under Priti Patel’s inhumane plan to ramp up deportations.

There is a duty for states, and this isn’t just some vague and fluffy thing, it is right there in the UN guidance and international law regarding detentions, that those detained should have access to necessary medical treatment.

During a pandemic, I would suggest that a test for whether or not you have the potentially deadly disease would count as a bare minimum necessity before being moved from one detention centre to another.

The disregard for people’s lives by this government continues.🔷

Dan Sohege, Human rights advocate, international refugee law specialist, immigration economist, charity fundraising professional and Director of Stand For All.


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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 12 January 2021 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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