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Privatized immigration control takes lives, violates human rights

Companies favour profits over transparency while government avoid lawsuits.

GammeltoftHansen:  Human rights law presumes states, not private companies, exercise sovereign powerApril 3, 2012: Governments worldwide have privatized migration management, including deportation and immigration detention, border control, and airport security, to the detriment of legal accountability for human rights infringements, reports Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen in the Deccan Chronicle. Citing one suspicious death in particular, he notes the breadth of this "killer" private market.

"On October 12, 2010, Jimmy Mubenga was deported from Britain.

The 46-year-old Angolan had come to the country as a refugee 16 years earlier. But after his involvement in a pub brawl and a subsequent criminal conviction, the government ordered his deportation.

Three private security guards escorted him through Heathrow Airport and onto British Airways Flight 77 to Luanda, Angola. The exact details of what followed are still unclear and currently subject to criminal investigation..."

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Posted: April 05, 2012

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