Torture | June 2019

I have received a large number of emails regarding the use of torture.
The UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture or inhuman treatment and works with international partners to eradicate this abhorrent practice. Preventing torture and tackling impunity for those who torture are essential components of safeguarding this country’s security and are integral to the rule of law. The UK abides by its commitments under international law and expects all countries to comply with their international legal obligations.
Concerning asylum claims in such situations, claimants will often be under severe emotional pressure, which is why the Home Office provides relevant information to asylum claimants throughout the process, including directing claimants to any support they may require. All asylum claimants are provided with a comprehensive information pack that sets out what to expect at the asylum interview, the possible outcomes of the asylum claim, how to obtain legal advice to support their claim, details of support organisations that might be relevant, rights and responsibilities of asylum seekers, and information about asylum support and how to apply.
Granting protection to those who genuinely need it and refusing those who do not, in as efficient, sensitive and effective a way as possible, is crucial. In that spirit, all of those who make asylum decisions receive a comprehensive level of training. This includes a dedicated five-week Foundation Training Programme that includes training on international and domestic law and safeguarding issues, which is supplemented by a mentoring programme with an experienced decision maker that lasts from three to six months. More specifically, the Foundation Training Programme also includes a detailed section which covers torture claims involving medico-legal reports.
However, cases concerning those who have been abused and who seek to claim asylum in the UK must be processed quickly and efficiently, and the Government is confident this is achieved through the procedures already in place.
June 2019

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