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

H&M’s offensive advert is just one thread in the rotten fabric of a deeply racist industry

15 January 2018 - 5:15pm

Written by Thulsi Narayanasamy & Marienna Pope-Weidemann for Open Democracy

 

Will those angered by the H&M advert also support the fightback by the brave and resilient women of colour who produce H&M's clothes for poverty wages?

Read more

Forgetting Marikana: What does Ramaphosa’s rise mean for poor South Africans?

15 January 2018 - 5:00pm

Written by Saranel Benjamin for African Arguments

As director of Lonmin, the multi-millionaire saw miners striking for a living wage as criminals.

 

Read more

Join the conversation

Today @UpTheElephant_ stands with #elephantandcastle vs. planned redevelopment that eliminates #socialhousing & com… https://t.co/pIbWxYv5Bp 3 hours 9 min ago
Israel’s #BDSBlacklist is designed to intimidate people who call for international law and #HumanRights to be respe… https://t.co/TbkBJtUFeG 3 hours 11 min ago
UK #aid & #healthcare budgets suffer from the same problem: money goes to profit-driven corporations instead of the… https://t.co/LPPtlKkRfK 4 hours 45 min ago