When does an expert report constitute “independent evidence” of torture? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 4th, 2012 in evidence, expert witnesses, news, torture by tracey

“Whether expert evidence relied upon by an asylum seeker amounted to ‘independent evidence’ of torture was the key issue before the Court of Appeal in this case . The issue arose in the context of AM’s claim against the Home Office for wrongful imprisonment contrary to the UK Border Agency’s Enforcement Instructions and Guidance. The Guidance, which contains the policy of the Agency on detentions (amongst other things), says that where there is ‘independent evidence’ that a person has been tortured, that person is suitable for detention only in ‘very exceptional circumstances’.”

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