It is scheduled to be raised by the Ministry of the Interior next month, after a landmark ruling by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) self-audit on the operation of two reports of the detention of immigrants private centers.
The reports give detailed information about the operation of two facilities:
Harmondsworth immigration detention center. The UK’s largest, and Colnbrook. Documents related to the month of May 2014, when she was working in the centers security contractors Geo and Serco Group. Who ran the Harmondsworth and Colnbrook in a row until he took care of all My sia May 2014 centers.
Reports, which are due to be released on July 13, 2015, are to be provided in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by research companies Watch group for more than 10 months. It fought the Interior Ministry adamantly against the request since that time, arguing that releasing the documents would harm the interests of the companies concerned companies. However, ICO criticized the move, saying, “There is very strong public interest” in the reports to be released.
A decision hailed by rights groups
He praised the freedom of information activists this decision, saying that this will increase the pressure on companies such as Serco Group and Geo upgraded. She said companies Watch researcher Phil Miller sentenced ICO sends “a strong signal to the government to be more transparent in outsourcing contracts. Must bureaucrats of the Ministry of Interior does not protect private security companies from public scrutiny.”
Problems in immigration detention centers in the United Kingdom
Details of the reasons for the decision, ICO said that the operation of removal of immigration centers were “problematic” and that reports to the Harmondsworth and Colnbrook by the inspector of prisons was “critical of its work.
Conditions in immigration detention centers is the problem, reported Channel 4 News recently that self-harm among detainees more than doubled between 2012 and 2014 from 150 to 306. In 2014, 62 of these incidents – fifth of the total – occurred in Harmondsworth. In May of that year, and the period covered by this report, more than 100 detainees went on a hunger stroke in deportation centers.
The government may still appeal
The Ministry of the Interior may appeal the decision to publish the reports, but did not confirm their intention to do so. “We have noted the decision of the Information Commissioner and considering whether to appeal.”