G4S abuse a symptom of larger injustice: arbitrary detention

5 September 2017 - 10:45am
Press release

Responding to the news of G4S abuses in the Brooks House ‘immigration removal centre’, War on Want’s Senior Militarism and Security Campaigner Ryvka Barnard said:

“The world’s largest private security company, G4S, has shown itself again to be contracting abuse and insecurity. It is appalling that G4S continues to be awarded government contracts after so much evidence has emerged of its routine abuses, from Palestine to UAE to the UK.”

She continued:

“The vile abuse that was exposed in the BBC Panorama footage is only a symptom of a larger injustice: the UK’s use of arbitrary detention of people whose only ‘crime’ is seeking safety.”

“Arbitrary detention is wrong, whether it’s being used by the UK government against migrants, or by Israel against the occupied Palestinian people. The UK government should immediately strip G4S of its contracts, and end its unjust system of arbitrary detention.” 

Notes to editors

BBC: 'G4S: What I saw when I went undercover'

Independent: 'G4S guards filmed 'choking' and mocking detainee who self-harmed at immigration centre'

For more information and interviews contact Liz McKean on +44 7983 550 728

Latest news

Migrant and Precarious Workers are Winning Britain a Pay Rise!

17 October 2017 - 3:00pm

Migrant and precarious workers are winning Britain a pay rise. Migrant and precarious workers are leading the fights to get organised. They are tackling precarious work, outsourcing and privatisation, the real drivers of low pay and insecurity at work.  Despite facing stigmatisation by a media that too often blames them for low pay and insecurity at work, they are standing up for themselves and winning. Their struggles tell an important story about how Britain can win a pay rise: by standing with migrant workers and ending precarious contracts.

Read more

Open Democracy: EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

17 October 2017 - 11:30am

Thulsi Narayanasamy, War on Want's Senior International Programmes officer for Asia & the Pacific reports on how the EU's so-called trade concessions whitewash ongoing violations in Sri Lankan factories - as well as the profoundly unequal terms of global trade, which prevents meaningful development for the global South. 

Read more

Join the conversation

Join us in telling @HSBC to end business links with human rights abusing companies. https://t.co/D9JTOIClm3 #StopArmingIsrael 15 hours 27 min ago
Proud of our history standing for #justice with black communities in #UK & global South. Celebrating those partners… https://t.co/fPiqjXjDdl 17 hours 54 min ago
Proud of our history standing for #justice with black communities in #UK & global South. Celebrating those partners… https://t.co/riOnhTOenX 1 day 14 hours ago