Home Office ordered to amend policy on torture survivors


The High Court has granted permission to apply for judicial review in claims challenging the Home Office’s adoption of the restrictive definition of torture in Article 1 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment in its detention policies, which excludes persons who have suffered torture perpetrated by non-state agents. The Court also granted interim relief, replacing the UNCAT definition of torture with the broader definition of torture applied in the pre-12 September 2016 policies. Chris Buttler and Ayesha Christie were involved in this case. Please see here for coverage from the Guardian.