Category: Testimonies

Testimonies by people detained in the closed centres in Belgium.

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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Audio: ‘The human being was not made to be imprisoned, never’ (FR)

Audio: ‘The human being was not made to be imprisoned, never’ Audio from 127bis 15/12/2017 “listen here (Fr)” Translation: Currently I am in the 127bis closed centre. Before that I was living in Verviers. I lived there for four years. … 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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Audio: It is a prison here, Madam (FR)

14/11/2017 It is a prison here, Madam. Before the great manifestation for regularisation of all on November 12 2017 some detained persons had volunteered to participate through telephone. Sadly, it was not possible because of technical difficulties. Here are their … 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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“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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Another deportation prevented: call fol rally against detention centres and deportations on Thursday 13 July at 9am

Rally organised by the Congolese community to support Ms C, who resisted a deportation to Angola, and to support all detained Congolese who risk deportation Thursday 13 July at 9am in front of the Office des étrangers – Chaussée d’Anvers, … Continue reading

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Police brutality, psychological torture, imprisonment, illegal deportation: the story of M N and many other undocumented people

On Tuesday 6th of June 2017, a Senegalese named Medoune Ndiaye, member of la Voix des Sans Papiers (VSP) de Bruxelles (The Voice of the Undocumented – Brussels), was deported on a Brussels Airlines flight to Dakar. He was arrested … 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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Arrest and deportationattempt: Audio..Update

Update: Update: Released with the refugee status on 10 May 2017. Free violence! ——————————————————————————————————– Arrest and deportation attempt audio (FR) here And in the plane audio (FR) here   Translation: Arrest and deportation attempt: I simply wanted to introduce myself … Continue reading

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Endless deportations and torture of an asylum seeker

22/03/2017: He arrives in Belgium  early December 2016 and asks for asylum, being persecuted in his country, Sierra Leone, as a Christian. He is transferred to the closed Caricole center. The CGRA does not believe his story and the Foriegn … Continue reading

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“I will never come here again”

Testimony 19/03/2017 Hello, On Tuesday 14th of March, I was arrested at Charleroi airport because of overstaying (90/180, not indicated on my vignette, and I was not aware of it). I was driven to the closed centre like a criminal. … 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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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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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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How long will we let them act this way? 05/12/2016

According to the testimony of a person retained in Merksplas, a police escort came to the centre this Monday to pick up Arsen K, Chechen, in order to deport him to Moscow. It was the first deportation attempt on him, … 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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Let’s prevent a second deportation attempt with escort of a man , father of 3 children

Testimony by Arsen Kuntaev, Chechen, in Belgium for around 10 years and father of three children, whose deportation to Moscow is planned for this Monday 28th of November at 12.25 a.m from Zaventem Arsen was living in Lier close to … 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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The diary of an immigrant going to be deported soon

Daté HOUEDAKOR- The diary of an immigrant going to be deported soon: violence and babarism by the law enforcement staff! Interview by Yves K. LODONOU (24/10/20016 de21h50 à 22h25) +32474 37 83 76 ; yakolod@gmail.com The only crime is to … 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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Testimony: Six passengers stop a deportation

  On 17th of August at 6.40 a.m. from Berlin Tegel I embarked on a flight to Douala via Brussels where I landed at 9.15 a.m. to embark on another flight at 11.00 a.m. foreseen at 10.40 a.m. On that … 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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« 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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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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The others prisons: visit closed centre 127 bis

07/05/2016 Once again, the visit is harsh and discouraging. The retention conditions of the foreigners who are being watched, behind closed doors, are unacceptable and appalling for anyone with a sound mind. Request to enter with RTBF TV refused. Verification … 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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About struggles in the centres

15/04/2016 He had been living here for 10 years. He climbed on a crane in 2009. He then jumped into the canal out of despair. He was brought to the hospital several times for depression. He was arrested and taken … Continue reading

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“This retention and this asylum request are really extremely problematic”:Free!

UPDATE 12/04: This morning, Mamadou got a ticket for his deportation to Gambia on the following day. The result of an appeal for his release was also due to fall on the same day: the court decided that his retention … Continue reading

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Words by a migrant in a closed centre following the terrorist attacks

27/03/2016 ‘I’m sorry for you, but didn’t you look for it?’ These words remind us of other words by people arrested and retained in the closed centre that we heard several times in the past: ‘In Africa, white people have … Continue reading

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Audio : LOVERS, your documents! Testimony at the closed centre in Bruges (FR)

31/01/2015 Audio Testimony in French Testimony I have been in the closed centre of Bruges for two months and ten days. I live in Ninove. The police came to my house but I wasn’t there. My husband was; he said … Continue reading

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FRONTEX deportation to Nigeria on 14/10/2015 : Testimony

On October 14th and 15th, there were two FRONTEX deportations to Nigeria: one flight from Amsterdam, coordinated by the Netherlands, with 28 deported from different countries, with one stopover in Madrid, the second from Rome, coordinated by Italy, with 48 … Continue reading

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The gates of the Foreign Office, virtual border of Belgium… : filtering, registration, detention and evictions.

They are thousands those last months to present themselves at the Foreign Office in Brussels, hoping to obtain asylum in our country. They are visible, the media talk daily about them.And as in the entire Schengen area, the filtering is … Continue reading

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Sharif 17 years old: “I never expected they would call me a liar”

Testimony/ Introduction 19/10/2015 : Sharif , a young Afghan, 17, arrived to Belgium through the Balkans in March 2015. He tried to introduce an asylum request. The Foreigners Office declared him as ‘Dublin’ because he had travelled through Bulgaria. Besides, … Continue reading

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“You must find a solution to take us out of here”

Testimony in Arabic by a man detained for several months in different closed centres in Belgium 08/08/2015 audio testimony here Question : Hi, how are you? Answer : How can I be OK? I’m not OK at all. Q : … Continue reading

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Military plane to DRC this Thursday 4th of June 2015 for …4 detainees… and Frontex flight on 17th of June

On Thursday 4th of June, a group deportation by military flight had been announced to 20 Congolese detainees in the closed centres. We heard from one of the deported who got to Kinshasa that they were 4 deported, 3 men … Continue reading

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CAUTION:New collective expulsion to the DRC this Thursday, 04/06/2015 and17/06/2015

Notice to our Congolese friends: Be careful, the Office des Etrangers(Foreigners office) will do everything as a good student of Europe as it is to nab the most possible Congolese people in order to fill this flight of 06/04/2015 and … Continue reading

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Audio : Social assistent and lawyer (ENG)

Testimony man from Irak detained in closed centre  Audio Here lawyers My name is Mr Ibrahim.I’m an asylum applicant from Iraq and on 27th March 2015 Icame to the 127bis closed centre. On the way they deported me to France, it … Continue reading

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Collaboration between the Foreigners’ Office and a mayor

8th April 2015 They are in love and are expecting a happy event. They naturally decided to get married. The date had been set to April 17th 2015. They were convened for an ‘interview’ this morning, 8th of April 2015, … Continue reading

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Audio : Testimony secured wing of the closed centre of Vottem (FR)

Mr A, detained for several months in several closed centres, has spent 15 days in the secured wing of Vottem. He finally released with an “Order to Leave the Territory without delay”. Audiotestimony here (Fr) You are in the secured … 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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Shocking testimony: Listen! (FR)

Testimony third deprtation Audio here: A_arrivée_madrid_25fev_(FR) -How are you? I am not fine -Where are you now? I am in Madrid, the policemen, they killed me, they hit me a lot! They were 10 policemen on me, 10! They were 3 … 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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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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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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FR:Témoignage d’un militaire présent lors d’une expulsion collective et trouvé sur les médias sociaux, 20/12/2014

Engl translation need J’étais sur un vol d’expulsion vers la RDC….19 personnes étaient expulsées…nous étions 8 de la défense…. Toutes les autres places étaient occupées par des “accompagnateurs”….A l’embarquement il nous a été dit qu’il était interdit de prendre des … Continue reading

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Audio : I prefer to go back to Congo than to Bulgaria (FR)

Recently, we’ve received several testimonies by persons who were going to be deported to Bulgaria because of the Dublin law (an asylum seeker must be repatriated to the first Schengen country where he landed). However, a lot of information exist … 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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FR:Entretiens avec Jacques: Après huit tentatives d’expulsions il se retrouve à Kinshasa

Who can translate ? Entretiens avec Jacques: Après huit tentatives d’expulsions il se retrouve à Kinshasa Publié le 9 septembre 2014 par Martine – Read this post in Nederlands Le 3 septembre 2014 Kinshasa Monsieur Jacques est arrivé en Belgique … Continue reading

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SN Airlines Flight to Kinshasa 15/02/2014

Micheline came to Belgium one year ago. Her dad, mum and brother have been living here since 1986. The father had been recognised as a political refugee upon his arrival in Belgium.  She wanted to join her family because her … Continue reading

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News from the deported 14/02/2014

A lot of deported people come back to Belgium when they are not too far away and/or can afford to, because they have all their friends and family here. For others however it is hell! Testimonies of deported Congolese: A … Continue reading

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Up to you to choose between life and death!Octobre 2013

At the closed centre of Bruges, in the morning of October 6th, everything was terrible. No usual breakfast, on purpose, so that they find me in the weakest possible state. As if I was going to pass on the electric … Continue reading

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Audio : ‘The earth does not belong to anyone’ (FR)

Testimony by a woman retained in the closed centre of Bruges for 4 months and then released. (FR) [audio:http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/La-terre-appartient-à-personne.mp3|titles=La terre appartient à personne] I swear there were pregnant women. One of them lost her baby in the stairs (it was … Continue reading

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Testimony about the hunger strike in the closed centre in Merksplas

 Testimonyin English of a man who was in Merksplas during a hongerstrike in september 2013 Greve merksplas So, I was for 2 months in Merksplas, and during these two months what I see, it’s a place they call centre but … Continue reading

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Testimony Detention centre Calais

Short report from the deportation centre, from someone inside. It is very bad in the deportation centre. the deportation centre is more bad than the prison. if you go to the prison you know why. there is a reason and … Continue reading

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Call from detainees of the 127 bis closed centre

    Tension has been really high for several weeks in the closed centre of Steenokkerzeel. The attention of some detainees is concentrated on the worrying situation of some of them. Last week a detainee of Palestinian origin who had been … Continue reading

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“You’re going to break her neck!”

Googletransl Testimony of a woman during her second deportation attempt sikatémoignage It was last Sunday on August 11 , I had my second deportation attempt. We left the center at 9:30 am , with the drivers as usual, with guards … Continue reading

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You have to be strong Madam!

 Transcript of a phone call by a detainee in Steenokkerzeel “This is not normal at all Madam, It is not a prison here, it is a waiting room and for somme even a death row. A closed waiting room. No … Continue reading

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Audio : Foreingoffice ask me to go to my country and die there”(FR)

Translation nead 22/08/2013: Témoignage d’une dame séropositive et diabétique enfermée à Bruges et en voie d’expulsion: L’Office des Étrangers ma demandent de rentrer mourir “Bonjour Madame, Je suis enfermée à Bruges depuis un mois, j’ai été arrêtée à Liège. Les … Continue reading

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They trampled me!

Testimony by a man who was subjected to a third and a fourth deportation attempt April 2013. Finally he was free Ils m’ont marché dessus What happened yesterday? Yesterday I was brought to the airport for a third deportation under … Continue reading

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Audio : Deportation – the procedure was followed! (FR)

Listen to the testimony (FR) :  Expulsion: Ils ont suivit la procédure! So, you were deported at the beginning of the week, weren’t you? You were at the closed centre in Bruges, what happened? Yes I was. On the 15th … Continue reading

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Testimony by a man in the group of people deported to Guinea .

Audio: audio vol collectif Hello, you were deported on the collective flight in April 2013, weren’t you? Can you tell us what happened? Yes I was. Well, it happened on the Tuesday. I didn’t even know I had a flight. … Continue reading

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Guinée: I told them I had no ID: 18/04

Guinean woman arrested on 15/04, probably for the collective flight to Guinea and Senegal. She was released on 25/04 due to an urgent appeal by his lawyer Testimony je leur ai dit que j’avais pas de papiers Download testimony – … Continue reading

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‘The only difference is that my skin is black’ March 2013

 Testimony of an attempt to evict of a lady from the Ivory Coast, arrested on arrival at the airport and detained in the closed centre Caricole. Finally she did get deported to Egypt during another eviction attempt. la seule différence … Continue reading

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Detention extended for two months

A man has been detained in the closed centre of Vottem for 4 months. He insists to have an interview. They were supposed to release him on March 14th, after 4 months of detention. He was told that his detention … Continue reading

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Bulgarians therefore thieves! 08/03/2013

12/03/2013: they are deported to Bulgarie after a long stop in  isolation in the closed centre 127 bis Testimony here:[audio:http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Enreg002.mp3|titles=Bulgares donc voleurs] They were four in their car on the highway near Antwerp. One police car was following them, then … Continue reading

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The return of the deported

We have more and more contacts with deported people who, as soon as they arrived to their country of origin gave themselves the means, within a few months, to do the return trip and come back here. «  They have got … Continue reading

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They give bribes to get let passes

Testimony by a Guinean man detained in the closed centre of Vottem for 3 months.  Listen (FR) : Ils donnent des pots de vin pour obtenir des laissez-passer You have been at the Vottem closed centre for three months already, … Continue reading

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Desperate call by a women in the closed centre in Bruges

“Please Sir do something for us, I’m begging you Sir. We are living in dreadful conditions here. We are scared. Some women have been here for two, three, four months. It is awful here. We can not give our name, … Continue reading

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Deportation of Kumar:”Sir I’m in Nepal now. It’s bad luck I’m in jail.”

SMS 16/01/2013 from Kumar after his deportation: “Sir I’m in Nepal now. It’s bad luck I’m in jail.” 22/02/2013 : new text from Kumar deported on January 15th “I was released yesterday. I had to pay 1,500€ and I will … Continue reading

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“We are living like animals here” and suicide attempt in closed center

 20/12 Our Brazilian friend detained in Merskplas since October had been released by the Court this morning on 20/12. He was really happy. But then the news fell: he will have to stay in Merksplas and go to see new … Continue reading

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“He is not dead yet if you want to know”

Email from the friend of a detainee in the closed centre 127bis in Steenokkerzeel 18/11/2012 We met through the internet in August 2009. Every day we had contacts by email and telephone. He came to see me on January 19th … Continue reading

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“No need to frighten me, I will not sign anyway…”

7/11/12 Interview of a father living with his family in a return house. We haven’t had any news from them since the interview. 21/11: Family is always in Zulte! Listen here in Nederlands: ITW NL_01 Since when have you been … 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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“Return is totally safe”, really??

Mr VS and his son, 20 years old, have been deported to their country of origin. The father was handed over to the Armenian authorities and put to jail, waiting for a trial he had fled. His son is waiting … Continue reading

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What’s the use of the League of Human Rights?

Interview of a man arrested at the airport of Brussels and imprisoned in the closed centre “Caricole” and then in the closed centre of Vottem. His asylum request was rejected in spite of all the evidence of persecutions he was … Continue reading

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Fouad deported: THE FIGHT GOES ON.

September 20 2012 : Phone Interview of a militant of the group SP Belgium, detained in the Merksplas centre in Flanders. He got arrested because he was not wearing his seat belt.  ( http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/empechons-l-expulsion-dun-militant-du-collectif-des-sans-papiers/ ) He refused his first deportation … Continue reading

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Deported to Somalia: ” Sorry for saying that but there is no life here, …and now I am losing my life.”

26/07/2012 He was deproted to Quatar and after to Somalia because they do’nt believe he was from Somalia! Appeal for mobilsation to the airport here Interview during his detention: somalien_edit What do you want to say to the people from … Continue reading

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They refused our marriage request

Interview with a woman whose companion is detained in Merksplas detention centre. He was detained after they introduced their request at the commune. They are being accused of a marriage of convenience. After 4 months in closed center Merksplas he … Continue reading

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Iraanse family in danger

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They broke my ankles

Mr. Mola Eddy, member of MIRGEC (Independent Movement for the Recognition of Congolese Genocide), was subjected to several violent deportation attempts before he was eventually deported on 20 June 2012. At each attempt he was mistreated by his Belgian escorts. … Continue reading

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The ravages of Belgian migration policies- petition

http://11668.lapetition.be/ The father is deported in Teheran, the mother is in the hospital in Mechelen, and their son, 3 years and a half, is in a state of shock. The authorities continue to try to deport the mother ande the … Continue reading

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They slapped my head against the chair !

12/06/12 This is the testimony of an Iranian man who suffered extreme violence during his latest deportation. Two days later he was put in an isolation cell again to be deported to Turkey and then to Iran. Listen to the … Continue reading

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I have four Belgian children

29/05/2012 Interview of a Tunisian man who got deported to Tunisia. His companion and two of his children went to Tunisia to support him. Listen (FR) : J’ai 4 enfants belges I have four children who have the Belgian nationality. … Continue reading

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They wanted to send me back to Afghanistan

25/05/2012 A testimony of an Afghan man who was arrested after starting a hunger strike with 30 other persons to protest against the treatement of persons without papers in Belgium Listen (FR) : Ils veulent m’envoyer en Afghanistan_01 Hello, I … Continue reading

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I have been a refugee in England for ten years

Interview of a man detained in the closed centre of Merksplas. He got arrested when in transit from Morocco to England. He is living in England where he has had the refugee status for 10 years. Listen (FR) : Je … Continue reading

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Audio : I just want to live (ENG)

Testimony from a Afghan man imprisoned in a closed centre , which is at risk to be deported to Afghanistan. Listen : [audio:http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/I-just-want-to-live-ok.mp3|titles=I just want to live ok]  So, Hello? Hello. How are you? Fine, and you? Fine. You are … Continue reading

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Audio : I’ve seen lots of things that have traumatised me (FR)

She was in the closed centrum during six months. The judge ask her liberation 5 times. She must go to the hospital on 23 April  and the office liberate her on 25 april with a order to leave the country … Continue reading

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Audio : And yet it was positive (FR)

Testimony from a man imprisoned in centre 127bis. He has been in Belgium for 7 years and has been active in the struggle for the rights of undocumented people.  Je vis depuis 7 ans à Bruxelles ok I think immigration … Continue reading

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Audio : A block where you are locked up for 24 hours with nothing to eat or drink (FR)

Testimony from someone who has spent a month and a half at centre 127bis. They report that the guards threaten people with punishment if they go on hunger strike and that they received no information about what was happening during … Continue reading

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Five months in a detention centre

I don’t know if someone is aware of the body search they make when one is deported, but when they search someone, it is really inhuman. Since when have you been in the 127bis closed centre? They shut me up … Continue reading

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Audio : Now they are going to treat me like an animal (FR)

20 February 2011 – testimony of a man who has been released from detention centre 127bis after 5 months of detention – He had testified a first time when he still was in detention centre – Listen to his first … Continue reading

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Audio : It is not logical to treat people like that (FR)

8 March 2012 – Testimony by a young girl detained in the 127bis Centre who was the impotent witness of a collective deportation to Congo Listen to the testimony (FR) : [audio:http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Ce-nest-pas-logique-de-traiter-les-gens-de-cette-facon.mp3|titles=Ce n’est pas logique de traiter les gens de … Continue reading

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I can see a dead man in front of me

20 February 2012 – phone interview from the detention centre 127bis  Listen to the testimony (FR) : Je vois un homme qui est mort devant moi Hello? I am leaving tomorrow. Tomorrow? why? are they going to deport you? I … Continue reading

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Audio : Here, we are in Belgium (FR)

February 9, 2012 : A Man locked up in the Bruges closed centre testifies on the phone Listen to the testimony (FR) : [audio:http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Ici-on-est-en-Belgique.mp3|titles=Ici, on est en Belgique] Hello, where are you ? Right now, I am in the Bruges’ closed … Continue reading

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Audio : Your plane leaves tomorrow (FR)

15 February 2012: Phone interview with a person detained in 127bis centre who made a request for voluntary return and who is waiting for his flight Listen to the testimony (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Lavion-est-pour-demain.mp3|titles=L’avion est pour demain] Fichier à télécharger (clic … Continue reading

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Audio : When I look at him, I can see death (FR)

11/02/2012 : Desperate testimony by a man detained in the 127 bis center near Brussels Listen to the testimony (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Quand-je-le-vois-je-vois-la-mort.mp3|titles=Quand je le vois, je vois la mort] Fichier à télécharger (clic droit – enregistrer sous) Hello Hello How … Continue reading

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Audio : I don’t have enough courage anymore (FR)

08 February 2012 : Telephone interview of a man detained in 127 Bis Centre. He got arrested while at the hairdresser’s. Listen to the testimony (FR): [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Je-nai-plus-assez-de-courage_01.mp3|titles=Je n’ai plus assez de courage_01] Fichier à télécharger (clic droit – enregistrer sous) … Continue reading

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Audio : They put me in nappies (FR)

December 16, 2011 : Second testimony of this man (Listen to the first testimony). He was transferred to the center of Bruges. He just had his sixth attempt to be deported and was placed in solitary. Listen to the testimony … Continue reading

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Audio : They tied me with rope from the neck to the hands (FR)

December 13th 2011 – Testimony by a young Congolese woman (18 years old) detained in the closed centre 127 bis. Listen to the interview (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/témoignage-congolaise-13-déc.mp3|titles=témoignage congolaise 13 déc] Fichier à télécharger (clic droit – enregistrer sous) Today, you … Continue reading

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Audio : He beat me in the neck and broke my teeth (FR)

December 7th 2011 – telephone interview from the 127bis detention centre Listen to the interview (FR) :  [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/il-ma-donnecc81-un-coup-dans-la-nuque-et-ma-cassecc81-les-de.mp3|titles=il-ma-donnecc81-un-coup-dans-la-nuque-et-ma-cassecc81-les-de] Fichier à télécharger (clic droit – enregistrer sous) Tell me, since how long have you been in detention centres? Since August 29th. … Continue reading

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Audio : I have a new fight to face now (FR)

30 November 2011: Phone interview with a Congolese man, imprisoned in detention centre 127bis. He is the son of a political opponent who was assassinated in 1998. He fled the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with his entire family. His … Continue reading

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Audio : If you are a refugee you are not welcome in Europe (ENG)

Issa Salah, 50 years old. Palestinian detained in detention centre 127bis since 12 September 2011. Interviewed on Sunday 30 October 2011 Listen to the interview (ENG) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/itw-palestinian_01.mp3|titles=itw-palestinian_01] This is not a transcript of the interview. Mr Issa Salah asked … Continue reading

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Audio : They put things in our food to calm down ! (FR)

25 June – Phone testimony by a detainee during an action in front of the detention centre of Bruges. Listen to the interview (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ils-nous-donnent-des-choses-c3a0-manger-pour-quon-soit-calme.mp3|titles=ils-nous-donnent-des-choses-c3a0-manger-pour-quon-soit-calme] – Can you tell me for how long you have been in the centre? … Continue reading

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Audio : They separated me from my daughter ! (FR)

10/05/11 – Testimony by telephone from an Iranian woman, detention center 127 bis. Listen to a reading of the testimony (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/on-ma-sc3a9parc3a9-de-ma-fille.mp3|titles=on-ma-sc3a9parc3a9-de-ma-fille] – Tell us how and when they tried to deport you and what happened? My husband, my … Continue reading

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Audio : Two twins sisters of nighteen in closed center (ENG)

08/05/2011 – Testimony of a young Iranian woman by telephone, closed center 127bis Listen to the interview (ENG) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/two-twins-sisters-of-nighteen-in-closed-center.mp3|titles=two-twins-sisters-of-nighteen-in-closed-center] – When did you arrive here in Belgium? We arrived on the 24th of March. The moment we arrived we … Continue reading

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Audio : Suffering is moral ! (FR)

18-04-2011 – The story of a man of African origin who has spent 8 months in detention, first in Vottem (Liège) then in Bruges. Listen to the interview (FR) :  [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/la-souffrance-est-morale_01.mp3|titles=la-souffrance-est-morale_01] My name is… Up until 2006, I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Audio : Only for 7 euros ! (ENG)

15 March 2011: Telephone interview with a man of Pakistani origin, detained at the Merksplas detention centre. Listen to the interview (ENG) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/only-for-7-euros.mp3|titles=only-for-7-euros] I am speaking to you from the Vottem centre. I have been here for 20 days. … Continue reading

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Can you shut down detention centres?

9th March 2011 : Phone conversation with a Congolese lady who has just gone through an expulsion after having spent four months in a detention centre. She is now in Kinsasha. Listen to the interview (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/vous-pouvez-fermer-les-centres-fermc3a9s.mp3|titles=vous-pouvez-fermer-les-centres-fermc3a9s] – Can you … Continue reading

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They didn’t want to believe that they were his sons

6th March 2011: Story of the sister of two Armenian men, one of whom has just been deported from Belgium. Listen to the interview (NL) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ils-ne-voulaient-pas-croire-quils-c3a9taient-ses-fils-fr_01.mp3|titles=ils-ne-voulaient-pas-croire-quils-c3a9taient-ses-fils-fr_01] You have two brothers who came from Armenia. One of them was deported; … Continue reading

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It is like Guantanamo here

29 February 2011: Telephone conversation with a detainee during a protest in front of centre 127bis, during the course of which the prisoners started a fire inside the building. Listen to the interview (ENG) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ici-cest-comme-guantanamo.mp3|titles=ici-cest-comme-guantanamo] How are you? I … Continue reading

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I never understood why I am here

28 January 2011 – Telephone conversation with a detainee during an action in front of the Merksplas detention centre I am here at the Merksplas centre. I have been imprisoned since 16 September, that’s 4 months and 17 days. And … Continue reading

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I didn’t want them to hit me so I said I wanted to return to my country

This interview was conducted during an action carried out at the Merksplas detention centre on 28 January 2011. Listen to the interview (NL) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ik-wil-niet-dat-ze-mij-slaan.mp3|titles=ik-wil-niet-dat-ze-mij-slaan] I would like to tell you what happened to us. I speak good Dutch. I … Continue reading

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I’m speaking for everyone, not just myself…

28th January 2011: A detainee’s account by telephone during an action taking place in front of the Merksplas detention centre. Listen to the interview (ENG & FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/je-ne-parle-pas-pour-moi.mp3|titles=je-ne-parle-pas-pour-moi] My name is…….I come from Cameroon. I have been held here … Continue reading

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There are no human rights here

28 January 2011 – Telephone interview with a detainee during an action in front of the Merksplas detention centre Listen to the interview (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ya-pas-de-droits-de-lhomme-ici.mp3|titles=ya-pas-de-droits-de-lhomme-ici] I am in the centre, so I’ll tell you my story. I submitted my … Continue reading

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There are things here they don’t want people on the outside to see

28 January 2011 – Telephone interview with a detainee during an action in front of the Merksplas detention centre Listen to the interview (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/a-linterieur-il-y-a-des-choses-que-lon-ne-veut-pas-montrer.mp3|titles=a-linterieur-il-y-a-des-choses-que-lon-ne-veut-pas-montrer] Hello? Yes, hello! I am in front of your flag. (Where the phone number … Continue reading

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We are treated like animals

22 January 2011 – Testimony as told to a visitor at a detention centre I am 41 years old, I am married and I have 3 children. We were living in a village occupied by Israel in Palestine. I had … Continue reading

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You, black lawyers…

21 January 2011 Listen to the testimony (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/vous-les-avocats-noirs.mp3|titles=vous-les-avocats-noirs] My name is Thierry, I am Congolese. I arrived in Belgium on the 9November 2010 at 3.30pm. I landed at Zaventem airport just like any other passenger and I presented … Continue reading

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Text message from an Iranian detainee at 127bis

Text messages exchanged between a detainee at the 127bis centre and a volunteer visitor. 12/12/2010, 20.02 Thanks for your reply. My name is XX. I am Iranian. I speak Persian but I have a translator who speaks Dutch. I’d like … Continue reading

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I felt like I was underground !

19 January 2011 – Story of a young man who spent two and a half months in detention centres in Zaventem and Liège Listen to the interview (ARABE and FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/javais-limpression-detre-sous-la-terre.mp3|titles=javais-limpression-detre-sous-la-terre] – How did you end up in detention? … Continue reading

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Back and forth

18 January 2011 – telephone interview from detention centre 127bis -How long have you been at 127bis? -Today is my 21st day here. – I understand you’ve travelled a lot, is that right? – Yes lots! (he laughs) – So … Continue reading

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We live on the alert

Listen to the story (FR) : [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/nous-vivons-sur-le-qui-vive.mp3|titles=nous-vivons-sur-le-qui-vive] 17 January 2011 – A detainee of the Zaventem centre on the phone First I would like to say, concerning detention centres, because it is the first time that I enter them but … Continue reading

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I can’t stop thinking about the handcuffs

16 January 2011 – Story of a young South American girl who spent 12 days at detention centre 127bis Listen to the story (in French): [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/jai-garde-le-souvenir-des-menottes.mp3] It was in 2005, I was coming back from work when a friend phoned … Continue reading

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They are real prisons

15 January 2011 – Story of someone who spent 3 months in the 127bis centre and in the centre in Bruges Listen to the story (in French): [audio:http://gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ce-sont-vraiment-des-prisons.mp3] Hello, my name is Sylvain. I am from the Ivory Coast, Abidjan. … Continue reading

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