Anti-torture monitors report on UK deportation of migrants by air

Anti-torture experts have urged the United Kingdom’s authorities to “revise” the training of overseas escorts responsible for the deportation of foreign nationals by air.

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) also want escort staff to undergo “psychological assessment.”

It reveals in a report published today that measures should be taken to avoid “professional exhaustion syndrome and the risks related to routine, and to ensure that escort staff maintain a certain emotional distance from the operational activities in which they are involved.”

The CPT report also reveals concern about the use of restraint by escort staff, the presence of a medical doctor (instead of a paramedic or a nurse) on board removal charter flights and the need for a “fit to fly certificate” for persons to be deported.

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