Category: News from the centres

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Extremely turbulent week at the closed centre in Vottem

25/06/2018 : « On Thursday, in the yellow wing, 4 Albanians broke the tiles to escape. It made a lot of noise and we all rushed to see, we were quite excited, a dozen of Arabs. One Albanian managed to … Continue reading

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Attempts to make resistance invisible: stifling rebellions in closed centres

On 20 June 2018, during the whole day, militants blocked the building site of the family units next to the 127bis. In the centre, the retainees expressed their support in favour of this movement in different ways. Some refused to … Continue reading

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Escapes…..and new escape……

21/06/2018 Further escape attempts (to be confirmed); Four other detainees attempted to escape to the Vottem detention centre at 10 a.m. on 21 June. Three have been caught, one of them is still running. ——————————————————————————– H had been retained at … Continue reading

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Visit of an accredited NGO at the 127 bis closed centre on 7 June 2018

We had received distress messages from prisoners in closed centres and more particularly from 127bis in Steenokkerzeel. http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/ramadan-in-closed-centres-hunger-strike/ Following repression, detention and threats from the management for those who tried to have contacts with the outside, with the media, the … Continue reading

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In heavy pain, on hunger strike, epileptic and DEPORTED 05/06/2018

In heavy pain, on hunger strike, epileptic and DEPORTED Mimoun had been in Belgium for 3 years. He got a surgical operation due to a several cerebral pathology in 2017. He had to learn how to eat and walk again. … Continue reading

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Mass arrests and news from the closed centres 26/05/2018

The Office is filling hundreds of places in our camps called closed centres; places that had been made available on the occasion of the raids announced at the North Station and in Parc Maximilien. After the mobilisation of the platform … Continue reading

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Closed centres, our camps for migrants May 2018

The administrative detention of migrants (foreigners without residence permits considered as valid) entered into force in 1988 in Belgium. Since then, the multiplication of this type of space is more than obvious at the border because in 1988 there were … Continue reading

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Epileptic crisis and hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre 14/05/2018 update

Update 23/05 Since 11 May 2018, retainees have been on hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre. Muslims gathered in one wing for the Ramadan.  Two external associations had offered to deliver food during the Ramandan that started on 16 … Continue reading

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Ramadan in closed centres / Hunger strike

127 bis 11/05/2018 30 retainees go on hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre. External associations had proposed to deliver food during the Ramandan period that starts on 16/05/2018. They learnt this morning that it would be forbidden by the … Continue reading

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127 bis en Caricole: repression and resistance

  Before the Steenrock Festival on 5 May : Repression and Resistance at the Caricole and at the 127 bis closed centres! Retainees are warning us! 29/04 : An Iraqi-Kurdish man retained in the 127 bis closed centre started a … Continue reading

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Surprise demonstration at the 127bis closed centre : CALL

After a new suprise demonstration in front of the 127bis closed centre this Sunday 22nd April 2018 with a phone number, we have had a dozen of conacts with retainees at the centre. They describe disastrous situations to us: mistreatments, … Continue reading

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Hungerstrike in closed centre in Vottem 19/04/2018

It has now been 25 days that an Albanian man retained in the closed centre for foreigners in Vottem has started a hunger strike, and for 3 days a thirst strike. We fear for his life. According to our information, … Continue reading

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Audiotestimony : one who knows his laws and rights, well, they do not like it!

Audiotestimony from a closed centre /February 2018 listen here (Fr) Hello to all, I am here, admitted to the centre Vottem. I was arrested in Brussels because I did not have any papers. I am not a delinquent, I am … Continue reading

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Raids, releases,deportations : news 14/03/2018

For a few weeks, raids on parkings and in stations all around Belgium are ongoing again. Several hosts contact us to warn us of the arrest, often violent, and/of the retention in closed centres of one of their guests. Very … Continue reading

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DemonStration at the 127 bis closed centre : « It’s wonderful ! We are not lonely! »

28/02/2018:  At the time of big demonstrations by the citizens’ platform in favour of a ‘more human policy’, we received less calls from hosts announcing retentions of exiled people in transit. However, they continue to arrest people: Albanians, Erythreans, Turks, … Continue reading

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New visit by a Sudanese delegation in the closed centres ?

New visit by a Sudanese delegation in the closed centres! Urgent 26/02/2018 : Call by a Sudanese man retained in Merksplas closed centre to a host. “The social assistant warned me that ‘a meeting will take place on 27 February … Continue reading

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Arrests and deportations – Update

Update 10/02/2012 : Arrests are ongoing and lately the favorite targets of the Foreigners Office are minors and women. According to several testimonies by hosts who look for their guests in the centres, the information is not given anymore by … Continue reading

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Testimonies after the evacuation of the 127bis closed centre

On Friday 26th January at 10 p.m. : the alert is given in the 127bis because of smoke due, according to the media, to a short-circuit in an electric cabin :https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_evacuation-du-centre-127-bis-a-la-suite-d-un-court-circuit?id=9823196 http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20180127_03324488 All the retainees were displaced in the courtyard. … Continue reading

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Fallen into oblivion in our ‘law-abiding’ state – Appeal to all!

14/01/2018: It seems that the federal police have launched a migrants’ hunting in the whole country, determined to ‘clean’ all the country: arrests in the stations, parkings and trains the last days. Many hosts are calling us to report missing … Continue reading

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Mangled by the escort during their deportation attempt on him, S. is asking: “who are the criminals?”

10/01/2017: S. has been living in Belgium for ten years. He tried to get regularised since his arrival, in vain, although he worked and respected the laws. He never stole anything, not even to eat. Some of you may have … Continue reading

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The Office des étrangers in counterattack !

The fast intervention team of the Office des étrangers at work On the 25th of December 2017 around noon : a host brings back two migrants to Brussels. The federal police holds an alcohol control on the highway E40 at … Continue reading

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Call from a detention centre: “Torture in Sudan you say? What about here?”

22/12/2017 “Does the Schengen Area still exist?” The persons detained in the Merkplas detention centre are very angry. A man was recently brought to the detention centre even if he had a valid residence permit in France. It is definitely … Continue reading

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Audio: “There are Sudanese who suffer here” (FR)

There are Sudanese who suffer here During the demonstration for the regularisation on October 12th, retainees of a closed centre wanted to participate live through their phones. Unfortunately it was not feasible for technical reasons. Audio here (Fr) “There are … Continue reading

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Maximilien Parc : acknowledged refugee arrested and retained in a closed centre: Update

Update 06/10/2017: Mikele is FREE: Thanks to all ————————————————————————————————————— O5/10/2017 Mikele is a young Erythrean who got arrested in Brussels and retained in the 127bis closed centre on the 22nd of October 2017 although his refugee status had been acknowledged … Continue reading

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14 and retained in a closed centre: Update

Update 1 November 2017 After the call from the closed centre of Merksplas, we promised ourselves that the young boy would not stay another night in that jail. Mission accomplished! Thanks to your calls, faxes and emails, the guardianship service … Continue reading

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Suicide attempt at the Caricole closed centre

19/10/2017 : I. cut her wrist in her shower at the Caricole closed centre on 18th October 2017. She was very bad psychologically for the last two days, she had asked assistance from the medical service and an appointment with … Continue reading

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Children are the first victims of imprisonments and deportations!

03/10/2017 Every day, families are being broken by the Foreigners Office that retains fathers and mothers, separating them form their children, sometimes newborns, and does not hestitate to deport the parent to the “country of origin”, on the pretext of … Continue reading

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Solidarityaction to the 127bis closed centre in Steenokkerzeel and CALL

05/10/2017: They were several dozens this Sunday afternoon 1st of October 2017 to walk to the closed centre 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel to show their outrage against these retentions and deportations. They made a hundred people happy. Bangladeshi, Algerians, Rwandese, … Continue reading

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Maximilien: Hunger strike at the 127 bis and “Call for air” – Update

Update 17/09/2017: The people who were arrested daily over the last weeks by the police in Maximilien parc, its surroundings and in the North Station are still many to be retained in closed centres. It remains very complicated to spot … Continue reading

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More than 20 Sudanese and Somalis in our closed centres

05/08/2017: Francken discovered two countries he didn’t know: Sudan and Somalia. Since almost a year, migrants – mainly Sudanese and Eritreans, have been sleeping in the Maximilien Parc in Brussels. Associations and volunteers try to provide them with food and … Continue reading

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Robocops in the closed centre 127 bis

Robocops in the closed centre 127 bis Today 25/08/2017 11 am : a Moroccan man detained in 127 bis’ closed center freaked out. He had learned that his brother died in Libya and was to be burried in Morocco. He … Continue reading

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Two RDC women on hunger strike for 10 days

20 August 2017 : It’s been 10 days already that two Congolese women, Clarisse Iseka Mbongo and Fefe Tuluka Mizaku have been on hunger strike at the closed centre in Bruges. Powerless in front of the oppressive system, they are … Continue reading

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Construction of three new detention centres in Belgium

05/08/2017: Mid May 2017 the Council of Ministers have approved a masterplan “Detention centres for illegal residents”. The masterplan provides a big extension of the existing return capacity and the creation of three new dentention centres. “With this masterplan we … Continue reading

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“To them we are not human beings, just animals to be crushed”

17/07/2017 Call from Bruges: “Who can we turn to, Miss?” Sleepplace and lifeplace closed centre Brugge 2016 Fifteen days ago, around forty people made a written request to the direction. Two representatives of the group met the direction. Thy asked … Continue reading

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The Caricole , the ‘golden’ prison for foreigners, is exploding! Escapes and illtreatments.

28/05/2017 Theo Francken and the Foreigners Office announced the opening of 3 new closed centres where men and women will be ‘administratively’ locked down, with the congratulations of the different parties that manage the residence and migration of foreigners with … Continue reading

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Steenrock inside the closed centres

14/05/2017 CENSORSHIP AND REPRESSION The annual Steenrock festival 2017 took place on 06/05/2017 in front of the Steenokkerzeel closed centre to protest against imprisonments and deportation, with concerts, public speaking, demonstration in front of the fences of the centre, testimonies … Continue reading

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Surprise demonstration in front of the closed centres in Steenokkerzeel

Surprise demonstration in front of the closed centres in Steenokkerzeel this Sunday 30th of April 2017 Information from inside the centres This Sunday, we got a first phone call from the Caricole closed centre: ‘There are demonstrators in front of … Continue reading

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Hunger strike at the Vottem closed centre

26/04/2017 In a wing of the centre, two Pakistani retainees have been on a hunger/thirst strike for 5 days. They refuse to be deported because they are in danger in Pakistan. They started the hunger and thirst strike after learning … Continue reading

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Suicide attempt at the Caricole

Physically and psychologically exhausted by a retention of more than 3 months in a closed centre, he had to confront the CGRA and the CEE that did not react to his call for help. However, his calls could not have … Continue reading

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‘Natural death’ in a confinement cell

Probable scenario Batha was found dead in a confinement cell this Thursday 2nd of March 2017 in the closed centre of Vottem. He had been isolated there 36 hours earlier because he had mutilated his neck with a razor blade. … Continue reading

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“I prefer to die here”

01/03/2017 On the outside, huge barriers, fences as far as your eyes can see, doorphones every 3 meters, windows padlocked with crews. In the inside, innocent people who were born with the wrong documents or in the wrong country. The … Continue reading

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Death in a cell.

Press Release/02/02/2017/CRACPE A man from Azerbaijan, retained at the closed centre in Vottem, was found dead this morning. According to the information available, he arrived to Vottem three days ago from another closed centre. Two days ago he had tried … Continue reading

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L’Office des étrangers (Belgian Immigration Service): The border guard of Europe?

27/02/2017: Little Belgium has a Secretary of State for migration, Mr Theo Francken, and an Immigration Service (the Office des Étrangers or OE), which follows his orders. The OE is the key institution with regard to the exclusion and deportation … Continue reading

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Three teenagers locked up in a closed center in Bruges (Belgium)

24/02 Strangely enough (!), following our appeal and the reaction of lawyers and organisations, the three kids who had been detained in the closed centre of Bruges for a week have been recognized as minors by the authorities and taken to an open … Continue reading

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Audio : Testimony by an “extremely dangerous terrorist”, dixit Francken (FR)

Our Secretary of State for Aslyum and Migration can see bandits everywhere. He deemed all by himself that Mohamed is THE dangerous terrorist and seeks by all means to deport him without evidence and without appeal. He even publicises his … Continue reading

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RELEASES, ARRESTATIONS, RESISTANCE

13/02/2017 RELEASES: AFTER the criminal retention, mid-January, of Mrs E. who was arrested while in transit at Zaventem airport with a French residence permit in order but with a “non-compliant” passport according to the Foreigners Office: AFTER 3 deportation attempts … Continue reading

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Alerte Pétition

https://www.petitions24.net/liberez_madame_e_detenue_illegalement_et_separee_de_ses_enfants Englih translation Free Miss E,illegaly detained and separated from her children Miss E is detained since mid-January in the Caricole detention center while she has a valid resident card in France ! Help us to collect as        much signatures … Continue reading

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Hunger strike in Merksplas, Mistreatment and escape at the 127 bis

02/02/2017 Merksplas Several retainees of the Merksplas closed centre have been on a hunger strike for 5 days to protest against their retention. Three of them have been placed in confinement cells by punishment. An escalation of racist actions by … Continue reading

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A mother of 4 children legally residing in France retained at the Caricole, expecting to be deported to China! FREE!

Update 13/02/2017 RELEASES: AFTER the criminal retention, mid-January, of Mrs E. who was arrested while in transit at Zaventem airport with a French residence permit in order but with a “non-compliant” passport according to the Foreigners Office: AFTER 3 deportation … Continue reading

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Locked up for over a year for “administrative reasons”, In hunger and thirst strike.

Walid is living in Belgium since 2008. He has a 3-year old daughter. In 2014 he spent a few months in jail for a petty theft, and was released after his sentence. On December 16 2015, the police burst in … Continue reading

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Anti-terrorism Abuses : a Testimony

04/01/2017 5 A.M.. T. wakes up. Some noise at the door, like a dog scratching. It is cold this December 5, and since the heating system in the appartment is out of order, she sleeps on the living room couch … Continue reading

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Hungerstrike in Merksplas “It is MerdePlas here, a great mafia”

Friday 16 December 2016, 6 p.m., block 4, Merksplas closed centre: the retainees are not happy. Despite several talks with the management about meals, notably dinner, when they invariably get cheese with two slices of bread at 6 p.m and … Continue reading

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Algerian friends, beware and hide yourselves! The hunting is open – 08/12/2016

We zoeken achter een vertaler in het nl! While Belgium tries, in vain, to reinforce the ‘police cooperation’ with Algeria http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/la-belgique-tente-de-renforcer-la-cooperation-policiere-avec-l-algerie-58494a23cd709a48787c4049 and Théo Francken declares on twitter that they continue working ‘behind the screen’, the hunting goes on. Several dozens … Continue reading

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“On Mondays, the social assistant distributes plane tickets just like peanuts”

Théo Francken is proud to announce the retention and expulsion of many «undocumented criminals ». These endless retentions are challenging, they are part of Machiavellian and dishonest, not to say illegal processes. As an example among many others, some had … Continue reading

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Escape from closed centre in Brugge on 18/11/2016

Six prisoners tried to escape from the detention centre of Bruges on Friday 18/11/2016 at 7 p.m. Four of them succeeded and are now free! Two were held back by the guards. They cut the fence of a window, climbed … Continue reading

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Hunger strike in the closed centres O9/11/2016

Vottem closed centre Sixty per cent of the retainees of the closed centre in Vottem have started a hunger strike two days ago. They are protesting against: -Medical care: some have important appointments in hospitals, which are not respected. “They … Continue reading

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Is Belgium a safe country for asylum seekers?

Detained for 11 months, defended by a lawyer who is a member of the N-VA, then deported to Kabul: is Belgium a safe country for asylum seekers? S.R, a young Afghan asylum seeker, came to Belgium one year ago and … Continue reading

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Hunger strike in the closed centres 18/10/2016

Several persons are doing a hunger strike in the closed centres. Among them: -A young Afghan, retained at the 127 bis centre for almost 11 months (he was arrested on the 1st of December 2015). He has been on hunger … Continue reading

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Closed Centre: I need moral support. They want to break my spirit. 11/10/2016

There are hundreds locked away in closed centres because they allegedly “don’t have the right papers”. Many are desperate. Some go on hunger strike, others try to kill themselves or to escape. They feel abandoned and lonely in this fight … Continue reading

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Testimony by Sow, arrested and retained in a closed centre

22/09/2016 Testimony on ZIN TV http://zintv.org/Sow-temoigne-depuis-le-centre We could reach Mamadou Sow by phone. He has been retained since Monday 19th of September in Bruges with 12 other undocumented during a raid by the police in a building in Molenbeek occupied … Continue reading

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Quiet on the set, we torture!

« Here it is not about closed centre for illegals anymore. It is about illegal prisons, torture and detentions.” 14/09/2016 For more than a year, Theo Francken has been declaring through the press that he is deporting ‘undocumented criminals’. In … Continue reading

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Closed centre : « If you’re not insane when you get there, so you become”. And attempted escape in de caricole

30 /O8/2016 For several weeks the tension has been very high in the centre. Several retainees have gone on hunger strike, rebellions have started etc. Retainees have very few means to resist, each movement being sanctioned. The staff (guards, management, … Continue reading

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New arbitrary arrestation at the airport 30/07/2016

Mrs. F., of Guinean origin, has been living for 18 years in the United States. She legally stays there, rents an apartment, and works in New York. On 03/07, she lands in Belgium with her two daughters aged 11 and … Continue reading

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Racism at our borders 11/07/2016

At Brussels National airport in Zaventem For several months, Subsaharian or Maghrebin travellers in transit at Brussels National airport are caught by the police and retained in closed centres. During the holidays period, some who are legal residents in one … Continue reading

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URGENT call from the Caricole closed centre 06 July 2016: UPDATE

update 8th of July – the second family is composed of a mother and 3 children legally residing in the US for 10 years. Today the 3 children were brought to friends of the mother in Liège. The mother still … Continue reading

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Phone recharges needed for the retainees in closed centres

20/06/2016 Retainees in the centres are currently in urgent need of phone recharges. Some were arrested on their migration road (Zeebruge, Ostende, at the French border) and separated from their family whom they absolutely want to find back and/or warn. … Continue reading

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« The closed centre is a small society in itself” 18/06/2016

Words by a retainee in a closed centre for more than 4 months: « The closed centre is a small society in itself: we are getting organised, we discuss with people from all over the world, we have arguments and … Continue reading

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Mr Francken¹s deterrence mission in Albania 13 June 2016

Albanians are the target this time! Théo Francken adds the imprisonment of lots of Albanians in closed centres to his mission. On Twitter (see below) ‘Loads of Albanians in prisons¹ i.e all Albanians are criminals. ŒDeterrence visit in Albania¹. ŒAgreement … Continue reading

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Tensions increase in the 127bis closed centre

On May 19th 2016, an ambulance escorted by three police cars took away a Pakistani who had been on a hunger strike for 37 days. The retainees were shouting at the police, after which several of them ended up placed … Continue reading

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Physical searches at the 127 bis centre in Steenokkerzeel

This Sunday 14/05/2016,  suddenly, around 1 p.m., the guards of the 127 bis closed centre decided to search everybody in the wing nr 1.   All prisoners had to gather in the common hall. They were called one by one by … Continue reading

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Wildcat strikes in the closed centres dAY 6 28/04/2016

in t the 127bis centre in Steenokkerzeel, it has been 6 days that hunger strike movements started to protest against the long and illegal retentions. Some have been retained for more than 8 months waiting for a decision of the … Continue reading

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ALERTA 25/04/2016

If you are undocumented and you hear that the police are looking for you in order to talk to you, avoid getting in touch with them. Temporarily disappear from your official address and ask for help to your lawyer, friends, … Continue reading

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Hunger strike at the 127 bis, day 2

Groeps foto from closed centre They came to Europe 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago. They built their lives here, some with documents, others clandestinely. Some have children who were born here. They all worked legally or illegally. Some … Continue reading

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Hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre in Steenokkerzeel

80 retainees decided today (22nd of April 2016) to start a hunger strike to protest against the retention of women, of parents of Belgian children, of old couples (a couple more than 70 years old), for sometimes more than 7 … Continue reading

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France: Mesnil-Amelot : fire in the retention centre

Press release – 8th March 2016 Cimade https://paris-luttes.info/mesnil-amelot-feu-au-centre-de-5012?lang=fr *Fire in retention : the violence in retention has to end* Four arsons happened over the last days in the administrative retention centre (CRA) of Mesnil-Amelot. Among the three of them that … Continue reading

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About the eagerness of civil servants at Brussels airport

02/03/2016 We get a lot of phone calls from the Belgian closed centres about arrests at the airport. Among the people arrested, a lot have documents in France, Italy, Belgium, the US and they were transiting through Belgium with a … Continue reading

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Documents, really?

26/01/2016 A young boy was deported by force: his parents and family are living here. He left his ‘country of origin’, DRC, when he was 7 years old and doesn’t know anything nor anyone there. His crime: he had a … Continue reading

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Belgian ‘faits divers’16/01/2016

They are two young Bosnians, 18 and 20 years old, living with their families in the North of France. They crossed the border with Belgium to buy cigarettes. They were caught by the Belgian police and at the request of … Continue reading

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In solitary confinement 23/12/2015

A lot of repression in the centres. It seems to be the only communication mean for the management. Some of our friends don’t answer the phone anymore. They just disappeared! Transfers, cells, deportations? Do we have to issue a warrant … Continue reading

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Suicide and hongerstrike in the closed centre 19/12/2015: Update

Update:Closed centres 21 December 2015 127bis: 17 people still on hunger strike. They met the Director of the Centre this afternoon. Vottem: 17 people still on hunger strike in the blue wing, several  “leaders” as the Office calls them, have … Continue reading

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Isolation cell, suicide, escape, terror in the closed centres…….13/12/2015

Closed centre 127bis . Last week, a dozen of releases. Among them, a few Afghans who had been arrested in the context of the Afghans’ hunt announced by Francken. This week, reopening of the wing for 40 people with a … Continue reading

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“Policemen dressed up in firemen!”

On 16th of November, 8 undocumented people climbed two cranes in Brussels. Most of them had been on the Belgian territory for more than 10 years. Many have been involved in movements of fight for the undocumented for several years. … Continue reading

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Ten liberation in the closed centre 127bis

Update 26 septembre 2015 Following the repression of the “trouble makers” of last week,the calm in the 127bis detention centre is supposed to be back and this for good reasons: some detainees have been transferred toother centres and put in … Continue reading

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The Office of Shame never so aptly beared its name.

22/09/2015 How not to be ashamed to be Belgian when seeing the practices by our government and its administration? In front of this refugees crisis, no humankind, no justice; only a policy that is as hypocritical as abject. Its main … Continue reading

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Update 127bis 21/09/2015

We were very few in front of the 127bis closed centre to encourage the detainees among whom 30 are on hunger strike. Quite sad, all the more since the detainees had organised themselves and were expecting us. In the backyard … Continue reading

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Meeting Sunday 0.2 p.m. Centre fermé 127bis et centre Caricole: Update .

Update 20/09: Detainees were waiting for us in the backyard of the centre with banners, shouting for freedom.A man climbed on the roof with many banners. In a second wing we could not get close to the tension was extremely … Continue reading

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Current target of the Foreigners Office: Iraqis

On 14th September 2015 we learnt that 25 Iraqis were being detained in one of the wings of the 127bis closed centre. Most of them were arrested at the Foreigners Office after being convened. They were told that they have … Continue reading

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Alerte: More than 15 Iraqis in the 127bis closed centre

The Office is easy with the declarations of CGRA and takes action: The CGRA had declared they would freeze the aslyum requests by Iraqis coming from Bagdad, considering that the situation over there might not be that serious! http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1734/Irak/article/detail/2444325/2015/09/03/Gel-provisoire-des-decisions-pour-les-demandes-d-asile-des-Irakiens-de-Bagdad.dhtml http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/957/Binnenland/article/detail/2444446/2015/09/03/Tijdelijke-beslissingsstop-voor-asielaanvragen-van-Irakezen-uit-Bagdad.dhtml … Continue reading

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Some news : 02/09/2015

After a long silence from our side because of a lack of candidates ready to listen to the detainees in the centres, we are back again (two of us, so any other candidate is welcome!). Our first impressions since our … Continue reading

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Call from detainnes of the closed centre in Bruges 05/08/2015

Several detainees of the closed centre have started a hunger strike, some of them 5 days ago. They are claiming for the treatment of their files. Some of them have been there for several months and they didn’t get any … Continue reading

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Escapes from the Vottem detention center. 02 May 2015.

Four prisonners held in the shameful Vottem detention center reclaimed their freedom by escaping. During the night of the 1st to the 2nd of May, they left their cell through the window, climbed the fences and disappeared into nature. “Everything … Continue reading

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Their lives are here! News

01/05/2015 Returns: their lives are here! A lot of people who get deported to a country where they transited and who are called “Dublin migrants” are returning back here: they have their life here, their wife, children, work and life … Continue reading

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Hunger strikes in the closed centres. Update

UPDATE: 7 April 2015 A lot of calls from the closed centres. Many people are placed in solitary confinement, sometimes for several days. Others are transferred from one centre to the other. Intimidation and threats are ongoing. The solution for … Continue reading

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We will never say it enough: Migration policies are killing, be it at the border or after

02/04/2015 The Belgian State want to chase the criminals? They’d better start with themselves (and leave the rest of the world in peace)! SUICIDE AT THE CLOSED CENTRE IN MERKSPLAS A Moroccan man who had been detained in the closed … Continue reading

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Loads of calls from Steenokkerzeel, Bruges, Vottem 30/03/2015

Loads of calls from Steenokkerzeel, Bruges, Vottem Loads of different stories, sometimes shocking. A lot of hatred, a lot of tears, and tiny or huge rebellions nipped in the bud. A lot of intimidation and repression: don’t know anything about … Continue reading

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Warning and news 12/03/2015

Warning : Francken’s targets for the coming weeks will be North-Africans, mainly Moroccans. Mr Francken, alias the anti migration Minister, will soon visit his counterparts in Morocco. He will keep his promises and prepare the deportation of our Moroccans with … Continue reading

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An 84 years old terrorist?!

“It is a clear signal that the only good way to come and settle in our country is the legal way”, highlighted M. Francken in a press release!…………………. An 84 years old woman was arrested in the evening of the … Continue reading

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“They want you to die” (FR)

12/02/2015 Mr A is Cameroonian. He has been living in Belgium for 5 years. He is seriously ill and went through two serious throat surgeries. He still has difficulties to speak. The Office want to send him back to Spain. … Continue reading

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” One day we will all kick you out !”

12/02/2015 Deportations, news from the centres Here are some news from the situation in the centres. The number of deportations is huge, so are the refusals to be deported, hence the privilege to benefit from a second, third, or even … Continue reading

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The power of life and death

06/02/2015 Achille Gnapi is an Ivorian political opponent to the current regime. He had to flee the country with his family because their lifes were threatened. Some of them are now in Ghana under subsidiary protection, another one requested asylum … Continue reading

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New escapes from the Bruges closed centre

After the 12 escapes on January 7th 2015, other detainees gave it a try again. On Monday February 2nd 2015, five detainees escaped through the window at night. Two of them managed to regain freedom whereas the other three were … Continue reading

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Attempted escape at the 127 bis closed centre in Steenokkerzeel 18th of January 2015

In the night of 17th of January, three detainees tried to escape. They broke the windowns of their cell and found themselves in the courtyard, trying to climb the fences surrounding the centre. The guards called the police that arrived … Continue reading

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Twelve detainees of the Bruges closed centre escaped on January 7th 2015

We’ve learnt by the Dutch media that 12 detainees of the Bruges closed centre escaped the centre on January 7th 2015! They are of twelve different nationalities. They escaped through the window! They vanished into thin air..

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Guantanamo bis: Letter by a retainee in the Vottem closed centre 13/09/2014:

About closed centres or Belgium’s bad conscience The ugly face of the hideous beast: no one may imagine that human rights are violated to such an extent in the prison institutions called ‘closed centres’ by the Belgian State, and ruled … Continue reading

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25 years imprisonment, 4 months in a closed centre: about the “ADMINISTRATIVE REASONS” of the Foreigners Office…

After 25 years imprisonment, on September 7th 2014, he is brought to the secured wing of the Vottem closed centre in view of his deportation http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/please-translate-in-en_uk-de-gevangenis-in-de-gevangenis-in-vottem-de-beveiligde-vleugel/ He is outraged at this new imprisonment and writes to us http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/guantanamo-bis-lettre-dun-detenu-du-centre-ferme-de-vottem-13092014/ On October … Continue reading

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Good news from the closed centres: Escaped on 31/12/2014

This night two very young serbians were able to escape from the 127bis. Incarcerated since three days, they lifted their window out after the last contrôle of midnight and found their freedom.

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How the Foreigners Office generates orphans… Did you say respect for the rights of the child?

She was already doing return trips between Algiers and Brussels for several months with a visa valid for two years, without any problem. Her two daughters were going to school in Brussels. One day, when back to Brussels airport, a … Continue reading

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Congolese grandmas at the 127 bis closed centre! 22/11/2014

Humane : no – Fair: no – Efficient : yes – Made by Francken ! They are currently four women between 60 and 70 years old who have been retained in the 127 bis centre, some of them for more … Continue reading

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About ‘disorder’ in closed centres 12/11/2014

Detainees often tell us that they introduce asylum requests in closed centres and that the social assistance of the centre doesn’t send these requests to the Foreigners Office. They are therefore not being considered. One of them even got deported … Continue reading

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About ‘organised crime’ in the closed centre of Vottem: Update

27/10/2014: Police officers came into Mr A’s cell in the closed centre of Vottem. They told him they had a warrant of arrest against him and brought him to the prison in Lantin. It seems that the Belgian state (under … Continue reading

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Torture and terror in the closed centres

Cross-checking many testimonies, we are more and more worried about the treatments prisoners are submitted to in Belgian closed centres and about the violence displayed during deportation attempts. ‘Tortures’, ‘terror’ say the prisoners When we have them on the phone, … Continue reading

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Hunger strikes in Vottem : 09/10/2014

For 6 days, Mohamad I, 24, of Pakistani origin, detained at the closed centre in Vottem, has been on hunger and thirst strike. Today his health is at stake, according to his pairs in the centre. He came to Belgium … Continue reading

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“Shot down like an animal” and others histories 18/09/2014

Shot down like an animal” “On the morning of 15/09/2014, 10 policemen wanted to collect a Nigerian from the closed centre ‘Le Caricole’. When he refused to accompany them they severely beat him and dragged him on the ground. They … Continue reading

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A prison in the prison in Vottem: ” The secured wing of Vottem”

He spent 25 years in prison and some time in the high security wing in Bruges. He served his full sentence. He should have been released under the condition that he would leave the territory; which he had promised he … Continue reading

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“FORGOTTEN” in the sun for two hours 25/07/2014

While this woman, seeking asylum, was driven back from the tribunal, handcuffed as usual as is the custom for foreigners driven in vans, the guards forgot her in full sunlight after reaching the Caricole closed centre. On Monday (22 July), … Continue reading

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Detainees’ Statement closed centre 127bis 15 July 2014

They are sick of being treated like animals. No respect, no right at all. Some do not have any juridical assistance. When seriously ill, they can not see a doctor. If you want to see one, you must wait for … Continue reading

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Wild night at the 127bis closed centre 14th July 2014

Update 15/07: 25 detenees refuse to eate this evening and ask the liberty for ALL. Text message from the closed centre 10:54 p.m. on 14th July « There is a huge mess in the centre. Everyone’s on strike ». At … Continue reading

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A call for help from the inmates of the 127bis detention center 06/07/2014: update

Upodate 11/07 De uitzetting van A in 127 bis en van De man in Voottem werden cancelled Update – Hunger strike at the 127bis, July 8th Yesterday, A. fell in his room. He was placed in solitary confinement after his … Continue reading

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Things kick off in the centres!01/07/2014

Merksplas : Two detainees on a hunger strike for 8 days have been in solitary confinement since then. Vottem For 19 days, an Indian man detained in Vottem has been on hunger strike. Four days ago, he also started a … Continue reading

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Escalation of hunger strikes and protests in the detention centres 27/06/2014

Vottem After the hunger and thirst strikes by mostly Pakistani people, among whom two have been released, there seems to be a new hunger strike movement concerning around 20 people. Merksplas Six days ago, a protest movement started, notably a … Continue reading

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Message from The prisonners in the detention centrum 127 bis 25/06

MERCI, DANK U, Thank you to everybody from the camp DEMONSTRATION of the Caravan 2014 of undocumented migrants and refugees 26 juin 2014 Start : Place du Béguinage Brussel 04.30 p.m  People from all over Europe organise a Caravan For … Continue reading

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Closed centre Vottem : Saturday 21/06/2014, solidarity with the hungerstrikers: rue de Visé ,Vottem near Liège

For the last 8 days, a hunger strike, and sometimes a thirst strike, has started at the closed centre in Vottem. Among them are people who fear for their lives in case of forced depor-tation. One example among many others: … Continue reading

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17/06/2014: Hongerstrike in Vottem

For six days, several persons have been on hunger strike, some on thirst strike, at the closed centre in Vottem. Among them are people of Pakistani origin who fear for their lives if deported by force. Indeed, in Pakistan several … Continue reading

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General search at the 127 bis closed centre and total chaos 06/06/2014

Following several events, the 127 bis has become a powder keg General search and seizure of prayer carpets On June 4th 2014, after a meeting organised with the detainees by the Centre Management, during which the majority had complaints about … Continue reading

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Closed centers and deportations: “Brilliant system that works fine” 12/05/2014

“They have a lot of money here: Two cops for each deportation, several times per day, who get payed for a roundtrip. It’s a big budget for a country in crisis!” “Commerce is going well in closed centers” In the … Continue reading

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Violence and a hunger strike at the detention center of Bruges – 25/02/2014

UPDATE: 25/02 19:00: the effectiveness of repression: calm returns to the detention center of Bruges: Some placed in solitary confinment, groups of cops  with dogs. “Resisting was impossible” say the prisoners. 25/02 10:30: The police is in the center with … Continue reading

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Raids targeting Guineans 06/02/2014:

Our Maggie Deblock and her friend Freddy Roosemont, director of the Immigration Office are visiting Conakry; At the same time, Guineans get stopped at the the Immigration Office or in public places. This February the 1, a police raid took … Continue reading

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Descente de police dans le camp pour étrangers de Merksplas 28/01/2014 (FR°

Ce 28/01/2014 à7h30 un nombre impressionnant de policiers accompagnés de chiens sont descendus dans les 3 ailes fonctionnelles du camp (une quatrième aile est en travaux suite à des évasions il y a 2 mois). Les détenus ont été amenés … Continue reading

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Tensions in the closed centre of Vottem 12 January 2014:update

Update 15/01 “Following the ‘encounter’ with the director of Vottem, five detainees were placed in solitary confinement and fifteen were transferred to other centres!!! The calm was restored! Since the evening of Saturday 11 January, the tension has been high … Continue reading

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Chronicles of ordinary women deportations : January 18 2014

A few stories of women in the centres: A lot of women are ringing us these days to denounce the situation of their co-detainees in the closed centres of Bruges and Steenokkerzeel. A climate that is harsh and heavy. On … Continue reading

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UUUrgent , centre fermé 127bis 10/01/2014 :(FR)

Update: 13/01: les travaux de peinture ont commencé dans l’aile 1. Même que certains détenus y participent et seraient payer pour leur travail (en noir?) Ce matin l’aile 1 du centre fermé 127bis à Steenokkerzeel a été vidée de ses … Continue reading

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How Maggie creates her figures and so inflates her popularity within a manipulated electorate

O1/O1/2014 Preamble : The detainees currently provide us with very little information on the situation in the closed centres (detention centres)  it is only once released or deported that tongues are loosened and that they give us the information they … Continue reading

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In front of the closed centre 127 bis: 08/12/2013

On Sunday 8th December in the afternoon,  cheerful chaps gathered in front of the 127bis closed centre in Steenokkerzeel. After they exchanged a few words with the detainees who were in the yard, the guards rapidly had the detainees go … Continue reading

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About the hunger strikes in the closed centres 09/12/2013

In four closed centres, hunger strikes have been started by prisoners in protest against the death of a young man from the Ivory Coast in the closed centre of Bruges on 5 December, and out of solidarity with the people … Continue reading

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Vottem: solidarity with the Hongerstrikes 07/12/2013 (FR)

Hier matin, un jeune homme originaire de la Côte d’Ivoire a été retrouvé mort dans sa chambre au centre fermé pour étrangers de Bruges. L’enquête sur les circonstances du décès est en cours. La nouvelle s’est répandue, et dans plusieurs centres … Continue reading

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Disaster at the closed centre in Bruges, 5 December 2013

Update 06/12 10 p;m A Bruges, la police est intervenue ce 06/12. Elle est restée dehors et a appelé plusieurs personnes un par un à l’extérieur. Trois personnes ont été Certains ont été mis en isolement, trois autres transférés vers … Continue reading

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Some good and bad news – 27 November 2013

First the bad news The 17 Congolese at the 127 bis are in mourning: the mother of one of them died yesterday night in Angola. He had not seen her for years and has been retained in the closed centre … Continue reading

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News from the closed centres

11/11/2013 The fight of the Congolese in the closed centres: Since the grouped flight that brought 10 Congolese and our Minister De Crem to Congo on 27th October 2013, around 30 Congolese are still detained in our closed centres in … Continue reading

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In Vottem, we heat ourselves with bedsheets.

5/11/2013 The flames of anger remain in the coldness of the closed centers. They consumed a sheet in a cell on Monday night in the closed centre of Vottem, as voices rose louder and louder against the detention conditions. Accident … Continue reading

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Deportation and detention centers : Violence and Violence …. : 14/10/2013

 Deportation: Mrs S was expelled onthe sly to Togo . http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/deportation-at-any-price/ She underwent serious violence committed by the Belgian escort during the eviction . On her arrival in Lome , she was taken to the hospital. She filed a complaint … Continue reading

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Deportation at any price

 Mrs S., of Togolese origin, was deported by the Foreigners Office on October 6th. It was the third deportation attempt on her and it was done in secret to avoid any resistance or mobilisation. She was isolated Saturday 5th of … Continue reading

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Commemoration of Semira in the closed centre in Brugge

google translation: Closed center “The Refuge“: 32 women, of different origins have dressed in the colors of Nigeria, have gathered and have a few minutes of silence held for Semira Adamu, then they sang for her memorial. their message: “In … Continue reading

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Closed centre: shut up, you have no right, we are the law 30/09

They left their ties in search of no matter what, and after a long journey that may be disastrous, they find themselves face to face with the cold and cruel welcome of the West that goes on looting their home … Continue reading

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Hungerstrike in closed centrum in Merksplas 20/09/2013 (FR) Update

Engl transl? Update 21/09: Cinq prisonniers ont été mis au cachot hier soir. Le directeur est venu menacé les grévistes de la faim et leur a dit que si ils continuent leur mouvement il appellerait à nouveau la police. Vingt … Continue reading

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Hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre in Steenokkerzeel 8th September 2013

 43 detainees of the 127bis closed centre stopped feeding themselves today. They claim for the hospitalisation of a Palestinian co-detainee who has been on hunger strike for 11 days and who is not well at all. The management of the … Continue reading

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SN Brussels Airlines raid in a closed centre

 Some detainees have told us that SN Airlines Agents ‘paid a visit’ to a few detainees in a closed centre on September 3rd 2013. They asked to see the file of several Africans to be deported soon and who had … Continue reading

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Women detained in the closed centre in Bruges:

  Update: On 08/25 9.30 p.m., at least two Congolese women were placed in confinement with no reason and not allowed to warn anyone. Women in the centre are very worried and fear a surprise deportation for them.  Togo, Congo, … Continue reading

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A minor detained in the 127 bis closed centre 25/08/2013.

He is 17, Guinean. He came to Belgium when he was 12. He had been to Switzerland with a  girl friend. The Swiss police brought him back to Belgium. He was told to go to the Foreigners Office; which he … Continue reading

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127 Bis Closed Centre : « You must leave » 14/08/2012

Moroccans, Algerians, Tunisians, Palestinians, Pakistani, Guineans, Congolese, Bulgarians, Afghans… They are being arrested at the Foreigners Office, at home, on the street, at work, etc. Every day, newcomers are being told ‘you must leave’. Some 30 Afghans are now detained … Continue reading

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Migration policy in Belgium.

31/07/2013 -About the worthlessness of detention centres Many are currently being picked up at home very early in the morning, regardless of their nationality, by the local/federal police on the authority of the Foreigners’ Office SEFOR Service, because they had … Continue reading

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Morrocans and Tunisians, legal or ‘illegal’, employed or unemployed: arrests, imprisonments and deportations

 10/06/2013 It seems that a majority of arrests, detentions and deportations are currently reserved for Morrocans and Tunisians. It seems that the Foreigners’ Office is again targeting both nationalities, after having bothered Guineans, Albanians, Kosovars and many others before. Today, … Continue reading

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Resistance and Repression in the closed centres 05/24/2013

 Bruges On the 23rd of May, prisoners in Bruges went on a hunger strike. http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/general-hunger-strike-at-the-bruges-detention-centre/ According to the news we got today, the police arrived in big number this morning and searched all the prisoners of the centre and their … Continue reading

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General hunger strike at the Bruges detention centre

 Update: At 9 a.m are many police in the centre The people detained at the detention centre in Bruges ‘De Refuge’ on wings A, B, C and D have informed us that they have today, 23 May 2013, begun a … Continue reading

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News from the fugitives from the closed centre of Brugge

Three men had managed to escape from the detention center of Bruges 06/05. We learn that they have left the country for warmer skies. They feel free and are happy!

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Strategy of fear in closed centres – Hunger strike suspended – Solidarity

The women who had started a hunger strike on 7th of May in the closed centre in Bruges suspended their action on the 9th of May after strong pressure from the management. http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/break-out-and-hunger-strikes-in-the-closed-centre-of-bruges/ They wanted to meet journalists to denounce … Continue reading

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Break-out and hunger strikes in the closed centre of Bruges

Update 10/05:  http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/strategie-de-la-peur-dans-le-centre-ferme-de-bruges-greve-de-la-faim-suspendue-solidarite/ Update: 08/05 Around 50 are on a hunger strike and they are extremely united. A few women do not strike, either because they are pregnant or sick. The management seems to currently accept the action, the only … Continue reading

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Demonstration and agitation in and around the closed center 127bis. A collective deportation planned ?

  On the 21 of april a few hundred people demonstranted in front of the closed center 127bis in Steenokkerzeel.     They oppose the dentention of a few dozens of Guineans in diffrent detention prisons around Belgium, possibly with … Continue reading

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“What happens here is state secret”: News from the centres 8/4/2013

 Even if an important solidarity rises up between prisoners, we seldom come to hear of real actions to be set up from the inside. Certain centres are very repressive and it is becoming increasingly hard to know what is going … Continue reading

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Urgent News : 8th April 2013

 Violence in the centres On the 15th March, a man who was coming back from the closed centre of Merksplas after a third deportation attempt had an altercation with the manager of the centre. The security was called. He was … Continue reading

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12/03/2013: News of closed centre

Good news first Seven prisoners escaped from the closed centre of Merksplas during the night. The screws noticed their disappearance early morning. The escapees were already far away, vanished into thin air! One prisoner for whom a second deportation attempt … Continue reading

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Naturalised and detained!

15/02/2013: Mr Traore is free today. 10 days illegal detention for Mr Traore. Thousands days of illegitime detention for the others   Freedom for all. Nobody is illegal. Mr Traoré, of Guinean origin, has been living in Belgium since 2004. He … Continue reading

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7 évasions !!!! (FR)

Nous apprenons que 7 prisonniers se sont évadés du centre fermé de Merksplas la nuit du 2 au 3 février. Ils étaient déjà bien loin quand le personnel du centre s’est rendu compte de ces évasions et que les recherches … Continue reading

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Unrest and repression in the Belgian closed centres!22/01/2013

Merksplas: Fifteen days ago: the riot police organised a raid with dogs in the closed centre. They were very harsh and beated the detainees event in the centre’s mosk. Some detainees showed resistance and 6 of them were put into … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE CENTRES : January 2013

“BACK TO LIFE AFTER CHRISTMAS AT CARICOLE” A man wrote to us that he came to Belgium to celebrate the Christmas with his sister and had a valid visa. He was arrested at the airport, detained in the Caricole centre … Continue reading

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Communication from the detainees of vottem closed centre

We the detainees of Vottem Closed Center wish to denounce the inhumanity of our arrests, detentions and deportations. We were all arrested at our home or our work place. We have all been living in Belgium for several years. Some … Continue reading

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About the courts’shambles:

It often happens that courts decide on the release of an undocumented person from a closed centre because the detention has been too long, inappropriate, there was no risk of escape, etc. Systematically, our authorities – i.e the Foreigners Office, … Continue reading

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Soldarity gathering for Kumar this Monday, December 17 th 10:30 a.m (1000 Brussel)

20/12/2012 Kumar was not released by the indictment chamber. For the Court, K should be kept imprisoned while waiting for his deportation. In spite of the non-existence of a passport or other documents proving his identity, Europe has made him … Continue reading

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Closed centre of Merksplas 26/11: Solidarity can be very expensive in prisons!

They were a few solidary people in one of the blocks in Merksplas. They had been living together for several weeks and were peacefully fighting against discrimination every day. “Each and every one deserve their dignity” they said. Three of … Continue reading

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SILENCE – DEPORTATIONS IN PROGRESS!!!!!News November 2012

Some news from the closed centres and deportations in Belgium. Arrestations and imprisonments are very very fast and most of the times arbitrary. Even though prisoners are submitted to blackmail and threats on a daily basis and many do not … Continue reading

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Charter flight to Albania on October 24 organised by Frontex (??)

We learnt that among them was a man who had been living in Belgium for 15 years and was separated from his wife and 5 years old son. Another Albanian was visiting Brussels as a tourist. He has his own … Continue reading

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News from closed center of Brugge 21/10/2012 (FR)

ENGL TRANSLATION WELCOM! Suite à l’action devant le centre fermé de Bruges ce 20/10/2012 , http://bxl.indymedia.org/articles/5474,  http://bxl.indymedia.org/articles/5464, nous avons reçu des dizaines d’appels des personnes enfermées dans le centre, pendant et après l’action. Nous avons eu l’occasion de faire sortir … Continue reading

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Letter from a friend of a detainee at Merksplas

Dear I want to tell you something about the detention center of Merksplas. This happened yesterday and today. A detainee told me and I wanted you to be informed as well. Yesterday during dinner,  something happened to a boy, named … Continue reading

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Information from the closed centre of Merskplas 15/12 /2012

Nobody dares to talk. “As soon as one talks, one gets into trouble and is punished”. No one dares to make phone calls: they are told that phones are tapped! Those who ring us from the outside generally speak on … Continue reading

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News of the closed centers September 2012 (FR)

  (Can somebody translate it???You send it to gettingthevoiceout@vluchteling.be) “La machine à expulser fonctionne bien chez vous” nous dit un détenu!… » “Tout ce qu’on peut faire est combattre pour garder surface” “Après quelques jours on choisit la résignation” “Pour … Continue reading

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News from the centres / The big cleanup

Imprisonments, deportations, flights with escorts. The rejection of populations who flee tragic situations in their countries and who would like to share the ‘democratic’ system of our developed countries is in full swing. The leaders of our Fortress Europe will … Continue reading

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O5/06 Chao in closed center 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel

05/06 Chaotic day in the 127bis Following several perturbations (two “uncooperative” refugees transferred from Vottem to 127bis, isolation of a man from the Ivory Coast and another one from Guinea who doesn’t eat nor drink since his arrival last week), … Continue reading

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4/06/12 SERIOUS SUICIDE ATTEMPT in the closed centre of Bruges, and HUNGER STRIKE in Caricole

07/06 :Notre ami a été ramené au centre avec diverses sutures aux poignet et au cou. Il est toujours en isolement. Actuellement il refuse de manger et serait transféré dans un aure centre dans les prochains jours This Monday morning, … Continue reading

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News from the Belgian Closed Centres, 24 May 2012

All information gathered from the closed centres for the last two weeks http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/ According to the prisoners of the closed centre 127bis, 90% of the detainees are DUBLIN 2 cases. They are being deported to the European country where they … Continue reading

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News from the closed centres, 12 May 2012

127 bis:  a lot of stress in the centre, many discussions, one suicide attempt, conflicts among detainees and isolation of recalcitrant individuals. Two persons have been in a hunger strike for one week: one national from Maghreb and one from … Continue reading

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Closed centres : Humanitarian or repressive ?

MISINFORMATION From inside the 127bis closed centre, during the SteenRock on May 5 2012 here Some people greatly appreciated this act of solidarity, even though it was really though that afternoon… The security service had been reinforced (twice or three … Continue reading

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News from the closed Centres, 1 May 2012

Closed Centre 127bis Steenokkerzeel – A Congolese woman, was released with an order to leave the territory after almost six months in prison. Listen to her interview here – In the night from 25th to 26th of April, violent altercations … Continue reading

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News from the centres: strategy of fear. Closing of one of the wings of the Vottem Centre in Liège.

They are all under pressure. Most of them do not dare having contacts with the outisde for fear of reprisals. They feel absolutely helpless. Some of them ended up accepting their deportation after the bullying by the staff of the … Continue reading

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News from the closed center (FR)

NOUVELLES DES CENTRES FERMES 6 /04/2012 Depuis l’organisation des 2 charters vers la Guinée et vers le Congo, beaucoup sont très angoissés et ont peur d’un nouveau charter collectif. D’après certaines sources des nouveaux vols collectifs sont prévus vers le … Continue reading

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Nouvelles des centres – 29/02/12 (FR)

127bis  : Tension palpable au centre fermé. Les prisonniers ne font plus confiance à personnes. Ils se sentent trahis par tout le monde. Un prisonnier est en Grève de la faim depuis 6 jours. Il est là depuis presque 3 … Continue reading

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Rassemblement contre le nouveau centre fermé « le Caricole » interdit – 18/12/11 (FR)

Ce dimanche 18 décembre, 150 personnes s’étaient rassemblées à la gare de Nossegem pour marcher vers le centre fermé 127bis et découvrir le 127ter, toute nouvelle prison qui accueillera bientôt, et avec fierté, les dangereuses personnes – femmes et enfants … Continue reading

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