UK Commons Overseas Affairs Committee finds Overseas Workplace failed to guard Matthew Hedges from torture in UAE – JURIST


The UK Commons Overseas Affairs Committee (FAC) printed a report Thursday discovering that the FCDO failed to guard Matthew Hedges from torture in UAE. This comes following the Parliamentary and Well being Service Ombudsman’s verdict on August 3 that the FCDO failed to guard Matthew Hedges, a sufferer of torture within the United Arab Emirates.

Overseas Affairs Committee’s report attracts on the findings of the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s investigation into the supply of consular help to Matthew Hedges UK nationwide who was arbitrarily detained.

The committee highlighted failings within the authorities’s response to arbitrary detentions, together with communication with households, failure to take assertive motion in circumstances of mistreatment or lack of consular entry, and a failure to study from previous errors. It famous that the federal government didn’t settle for nearly all of its suggestions within the committee’s 2023 state-level hostage-taking report. The report additionally criticized the federal government’s tradition of defensiveness and lack of responsiveness to criticism.

Suggestions embody a assessment of steerage on torture and mistreatment circumstances, reassessment of open circumstances, and the appointment of a Director for Complicated and Arbitrary Detentions. The report emphasised the necessity for improved coordination and help for households and a extra assertive strategy by the federal government in circumstances of mistreatment or denial of consular entry.

Matthew Hedges informed JURIST that:

The FAC report into institutional failings of the FCDO is each unsurprising and deeply alarming. For years there have been alternatives to study, develop, and enhance the UK’s consular applications. Regardless of that when residents are at their most desparate and susceptible state of affairs, they’re usually disregarded by their very own Authorities. The FCDO knew how they dealt with my case, and regardless of a 4 yr Ombudsman investigation and FAC report, I’ve but to see any clear change that may assist others. Take a look at the circumstances of Jagtar Singh in India and Ala And Fattah in Egypt, each left to the whims of their abusers by the UK Govt.

JURIST reached out to the Overseas Workplace, who declined to remark.

Matthew Hedges spoke to JURIST about his therapy as a detainee in a international state, and the UK authorities’s response, in an interview that was published on October 12. 

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