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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a rapid reaction visit to the United Kingdom from 25 to 28 November 2022.
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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment of foreign nationals arriving by small boat in the United Kingdom after crossing the English Channel. The delegation visited Western Jet Foil and Manston Short-Term Holding Facility where all such persons are processed and held during the first 24 hours of their arrival in the country. The delegation also visited the Kent Intake Unit in Dover where unaccompanied and separated minors are treated upon their arrival.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to Rt Hon Robert Jenrick, Minister of State for Immigration, and Donald Smith, Director for Operations at the Clandestine Channel Threat Command (CCTC) at the Home Office.

The visit was carried out by Hans Wolff, 1st Vice-President of the CPT (Head of delegation), Nikola Kovačević, Alexander Minchev, Helena Papa and Jari Pirjola.

They were supported by Hugh Chetwynd (Head of Division) and Christian Loda of the CPT’s Secretariat.

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