United Kingdom: Death in police custody of Joy Gardner
AI is concerned about a number of issues surrounding the attempted forcible deportation of Joy Gardner, which resulted in her violent death. AI believes that her death highlights the need for an independent inquiry into the role and accountability of all agencies involved in deportations and that only an independent inquiry can examine the role and accountability of these agencies. Issues which should be studied carefully by such an inquiry include the authorization and use of restraint equipment and the lack of independence in procedures for investigating complaints. The Government of the United Kingdom is responsible for ensuring that deportations are conducted in accordance with international standards, in a manner that resects the human rights of the person being deported.