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Belmarsh prisoners: report on indefinite detention and mental health



On 13 October a report by 11 psychiatrists and a psychologist on the mental health of the Belmarsh prisoners detained under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (ATCS) was published. It concluded that there was:

"serious damage to the health of all the detainees they have examined has occurred and is inevitable under a regime which consists of indefinite detention. These conclusions are based on a series of reports originally commissioned for legal purposes from the doctors over the past two and a half years by the prisoners' solicitors. Progressive deterioration in the mental health of all these detainees and their families was observed"

Eleven men are detained indefinitely at Belmarsh high security prison under the ATCS 2001. Another is held at Broadmoor high security psychiatric hospital and another is under house arrest.

Full report:
Damage to the mental health of Belmarsh prisoners detained under the 2001 Anti-Terrorism legislation (Britain's so called "Guantanamo Bay") (pdf)


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