A House of Lords report demonstrates frequent abuse of Asylum Seekers by Private Security Companies such as G4S employed by UK Border Agency. The report found serious injuries suffered by detainees who had been handcuffed or physically restrained and follows an investigation into allegations of abuse involving private firms employed by the Government to forcibly remove failed asylum-seekers from the UK.

Amongst the victims of these companies was Suren Khachatryan, who lives in Cardiff.  After a removal was abandoned Mr Khachatryan was attacked by staff employed by GSL UK Ltd (part of the G4S group).  He was thrown into a security van where he was handcuffed, verbally abused, stamped on and kicked several times and then left in an immigration holding bay without medical support for hours. He suffered a punctured lung.

Complaints about this serious assault were made to Police and the Home Office, but no further action was taken!  The House of Lords report admits that this was an inadequate investigation of a complaint by a man who had suffered serious injury.  And yet, to date, no further action has been taken to prosecute those officials responsible.

Further cases are detailed in a recent Independent Article.

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