Physical confrontation and use of force at Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre

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Dear Immigration Department,

Can you please provide information on the following, for each 12-month period from 1998 - 2020:
(1) The number of cases of physical confrontation involving detainees at the Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre (“MTKDC”);

(2) The nature of such physical confrontation at the MTKDC, including:
(a) Detainee-on-detainee assaults
(b) Detainee-on-staff assaults
(c) Others (please specify)

(3) The number of detainees who were injured as a result of physical confrontations

(4) The number of MTKDC staff who were injured as a result of physical confrontations

(5) The number of cases in which immigration officers used force on immigration detainees at the MTKDC

(6) The reason for immigration officers to use force on immigration detainees at the MTKDC, including:
(a) to prevent detainee-on-detainee assaults
(b) to prevent detainee-on-staff assaults
(c) to prevent self-harm incidents
(d) Others (please specify)

(7) The type of force used on detainees, including:
(a) empty-hand control
(b) use of pepper spray/ oleoresin capsicum spray
(c) use of 37 mm single shot launcher
(d) Others (please specify)

(8) The number of times force was used on detainees, with breakdown by:
(a) empty-hand control
(b) use of pepper spray/ oleoresin capsicum spray
(c) use of 37 mm single shot launcher
(d) Others (please specify)

Thank you,
Rachel Li

Dear Immigration Department,

I'm following up on my access to information request on physical confrontations and use of force at the Mau Tau Kok Detention Centre. Please advise on the status of my request.

Thank you,
Rachel Li

KW15 WONG, Immigration Department

Our Reference: (2) in L/M (504) in ImmD DR/6-5/10/R

Dear Ms Li,

Re: Physical confrontation and use of force at Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre

Our department has received your application for access to information by
email on 29 March 2021.  Regarding your following up on your access to
information request on the captioned subject, you may wish to note that we
did not receive the said request before.   In this regard, we should be
grateful if you would clarify and let us know the content of such request
so that we can process further in this aspect.

If you have any enquiry, please contact the undersigned via this email.

Best regards,

WONG Ka-wai
for Director of Immigration

Dear Wong Ka-wai,

Please see my original request below.

Can you please provide information on the following, for each 12-month period from 1998 - 2020:
(1) The number of cases of physical confrontation involving detainees at the Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre (“MTKDC”);

(2) The nature of such physical confrontation at the MTKDC, including:
(a) Detainee-on-detainee assaults
(b) Detainee-on-staff assaults
(c) Others (please specify)

(3) The number of detainees who were injured as a result of physical confrontations

(4) The number of MTKDC staff who were injured as a result of physical confrontations

(5) The number of cases in which immigration officers used force on immigration detainees at the MTKDC

(6) The reason for immigration officers to use force on immigration detainees at the MTKDC, including:
(a) to prevent detainee-on-detainee assaults
(b) to prevent detainee-on-staff assaults
(c) to prevent self-harm incidents
(d) Others (please specify)

(7) The type of force used on detainees, including:
(a) empty-hand control
(b) use of pepper spray/ oleoresin capsicum spray
(c) use of 37 mm single shot launcher
(d) Others (please specify)

(8) The number of times force was used on detainees, with breakdown by:
(a) empty-hand control
(b) use of pepper spray/ oleoresin capsicum spray
(c) use of 37 mm single shot launcher
(d) Others (please specify)

Kind Regards,
Rachel Li

KW15 WONG, Immigration Department

Our Reference: (4) in L/M (504) in ImmD DR/6-5/10/R

Dear Ms Li,
Re: Physical confrontation and use of force at Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre

Our department has received your application for access to information on
1 April 2021.  Your application is now under processing.  According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before 21
April 2021.  In the meantime, please contact the undersigned via this
email if you have any enquiry.

Yours sincerely,

WONG Ka-wai
for Director of Immigration