November 10, 2023
Today (10 November 2023), the High Court will hear the first case in the UK to challenge the government’s policy of electronically monitoring migrants by way of GPS tags
The grounds of claim being pursued in Mr Nelson’s claim are:
Mark Nelson, the Claimant says:
Wearing a tag makes me feel like an animal. I am a 44-year old man with a life to live, and I feel so powerless that I am being tagged and watched by the government 24/7. It feels like they want to break me down and put me in a state of depression. I am no good to anyone feeling like this, not to myself, not to my family.
My tag didn’t work properly for a period of almost six months. The government refused to fix it but insisted I had to keep wearing it. It’s a horrendous, purposeless and inhumane regime.
Solicitor for the Claimant, Katie Schwarzmann says:
We all want to live in a society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. There is little evidence to suggest that the government’s GPS tagging policy is a cost-effective or efficacious solution for managing immigration cases. This isn’t just an oversight: it’s a deliberate, wasteful and cruel misuse of public funds. Rather than squandering resources on such degrading tactics, the government should be rectifying the glaring inadequacies with the immigration system, particularly the reduction of the backlog.
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