Migration targets are a form of calculated inhumanity | Nesrine Malik

Unlawful detention by the Home Office has reached a new level – and it’s being done on purpose

Buried on page 89 of the Home Office’s annual accounts for 2016-2017 is a seemingly anodyne entry under “special payments”. The line details that the Home Office, in a single year, paid £1.8m in legal compensation for 32 cases of unlawful detention. More bewildering than the number is the fact that there is no further explanation in the document.

I have a long, rich history (and a still-unfolding present) with the Home Office, and am well acquainted with the dystopia in which the fate of so many people is now decided. Little surprises me any more. But the frequency and banal cruelty of unlawful detention has reached a new level of inhumanity. This isn’t incompetence or the sputtering of a system overburdened. Unlawful detention, often in poor conditions and in a vacuum of legal rights, has become the enforcement tool of a failing and punitive immigration policy. Detain first, ask questions later. These are not just mistakes: they are human rights abuses, and they are now such an integral part of the system that a home affairs select committee report said these and other errors are beginning to undermine the credibility of all immigration enforcement.

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Woman sues man acquitted of rape in Scottish court trial

Former student sues Stephen Coxen for damages two years after jury found case against him not proven

A former university student in Scotland is suing her alleged rapist for £100,000 in damages after he walked free following a high court trial two years ago.

Stephen Coxen, 23, from Bury in Lancashire, was charged with raping the then student at her flat while she was drunk and stealing her phone during freshers’ week at the University of St Andrews in September 2013.

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