A landmark High Court ruling has paved the way for hundreds of torture victims who were illegally detained by the British government to sue the state for damages.
Asylum seekers who were forced to flee sexual violence and torture in their home countries waged a test case against Home Secretary Theresa May for imprisoning them in immigration detention centers.
The detainment of these asylum seekers was conducted in breach of UK regulations, which stipulate that torture survivors should not be detained. Nevertheless, swathes of traumatized torture victims who were seeking asylum in the UK were incarcerated under the state’s fast-track (DFT) system.
Justice Blake, who heard the case, ruled in favor of the claimants. He found they are entitled to seek damages from the government for illegal detention.
Twenty-one people were awaiting the High Court ruling, but hundreds more vulnerable refugees who were unlawfully imprisoned may also now sue for damages.