Hungerstrike in closed center 127 bis 29/04/2021

Hungerstrike in closed center 127 bis 
An Eritrean man, imprisoned in the closed centre 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel was tested positive on COVID-19 two weeks ago and was put in quarantine for 14 days. Probably because of a potential deportation to Germany, the man had to take a new test on 27/04/2021. This test again turned out to be positive, but despite this, he was transferred back to the group where he also shared a room with another person. The results were never shown or communicated to the detainees but were discovered by them. Fellow detainees were not tested and for that reason started a hunger strike in protest today (29/04). They say: “They want to kill us!” They believe that the management deliberately kept the test results from them, thus endangering their health.

They accuse the management of a lack of communication and respect towards them. This afternoon (29/04) a meeting took place between detainees and the management. The management denies contagion after these positive test results. The detainees fear for their health.  They continue their hunger strike and demand their freedom.

The detainees want to send these facts to the media and ask journalists to communicate what is happening in the centre.

It is also remarkable that the number of the Human Rights League, which the detainees tried to reach, is inaccessible. They get the message ‘this number is not allowed’. Just as some websites are blocked for them, apparently this number is also inaccessible for them. 

ntact GETTINGTHEVOICEOUT : O484 02 67 81

Testimony ( FR) : “Le Corona c’est personnel” , “on vit l’enfer”: hereici

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