Coalition breaks Dungavel promises yet again

The SNP has condemned the 'shocking lack of basic humanity’ in the treatment of asylum seekers at the hands of the UK Government, after it was revealed that rape and torture victims are being detained at the Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in South Lanarkshire - against the Coalition's own guidelines.

Reports today from the charity Medical Justice has found that at least 14 asylum seekers have been wrongfully detained at Dungavel since 2010 - including rape victims, torture victims, and people known to be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Earlier this year it was revealed that the Coaltion have ditched their promise not to detain children at Dungavel - something which the Liberal Democrats had made great play of.

Commenting, Christina McKelvie - SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, said:

"These are appalling reports, and once again show how little regard the UK Government has for the plight of asylum seekers being held in Dungavel. This is not the kind of Scotland we want to live in.

"The idea that the most vulnerable people - among what is a very vulnerable group - are being treated in this way is a terrible indictment of the Coalition. Many of these people have clearly suffered greatly before seeking asylum here. As well as breaking their own asylum guidelines the approach of the UK government shows a shocking lack of basic humanity.

"Their pledge to end the practice of child detention was warmly welcomed across the political spectrum, but it didn't take long for them to cynically abandon it.

"There has also been widespread concern for some time on a number of other issues - such as diabetics not being offered appropriate menus - and the continued negative publicity only serves to highlight the shambolic asylum and immigration policy operated by the UK Government."


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For previous reports on how child detention is still occurring in Dungavel, see