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 in Italy and  the social assistant of the centre had all the documents required to certify his identity and refugee status, and therefore also his right to circulate freely in Belgium.

When he was arrested, he said he was called Mikele, but the agents wrote ‘Mickey’, not making a single effort to understand his name which was however very visible on all the documents the social assistant of the 127bis had in her possession. This could have had extremely serious consequences for him.

Without the reactivity of her lawyer, the 10 days of retention would have passed and Belgium would have tried to deport a man acknowledged as a refugee in Italy!

Following a release request in extreme urgency, the lawyer received last Friday (3rd November 2017) a decision to release him immediately. Two days later, Mikeke is still being retained at the 127bis!

Action Fax & call to 127 bis


Tel of 127 bis : +32 2 7550000

Fax. +32 2 7598168 

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