Urgent: deportation to Somalia this 02/.12/2019: UPDATE

Update 26/02/2020

Mr. A was released from the centre and left Belgium to try his luck elsewhere, after several attempts at violent evictions and a hard struggle in the centre against these evictions.

He was released after a long and harrowing hunger strike, supported by his hosts and several of his co-detainees. Finding themselves in a legal void set to music by the Office, the only thing left for the detainees is their struggles inside the centres to obtain their release, sometimes endangering their lives!



The passengers resist again the deportation of A

here video

Geplaatst door Coralie Vantomme op Dinsdag 3 december 2019

Geplaatst door Coralie Vantomme op Dinsdag 3 december 2019

About A:

About the Foreigners’ Office obstinacy
Somalian, 19 years old, 9 months in a closed centre, 4 deportation attempts and still returnable

When he arrived in Belgium in 2015, A., born in 2000, was in a deep post-traumatic stress, attested by a psychiatrist.

Two asylum requests were refused in 2015 and 2017 respectively: the CGRA and the CCE (Aliens Litigation Council) doubting about the reliability of his story.

A. was arrested and retained in the 127bis closed centre on 16/02/2019

First deportation attempt on 01/04/2019, which he refuses

Second deportation attempt on 17/07/2019 Turkish Airlines TK 1944 to Istanbul http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/let-us-prevent-a-second-deportationattempt-to-somalia-on-17072019/

In Istanbul, the passengers of the flight to Djibouti refuse this forced deportation on that flight for 2 consecutive days. The escort spends two nights at the hotel in Istanbul, with A. kept tied to a radiator in the bathroom.

Mr A testified on 19/07/2019 upon his return to 127 bis :

He was in a room at Brussels’ airport, with 3 policemen and a social assistant. The social assistant asked him if he wanted to leave. “You will have to go with the police and stay calm.” They beat him. He said he did not want to go. He shouted and the policemen started to beat him. Since he did not calm down, they hold him, had him swallow a liquid tranquilizer by force. They brought him to the plane with his hands tied and started to beat him again. On the plane they also tied his feet. They hold him by the neck and beat his head. In the plane the social assistant told the passengers not to move, that the man had to return to Somalia.
It seems that the police in Istambul noted that his ‘travel documents’ were not in order. The escort would have answered “never mind, he will leave anyway”.
Still in Istanbul, while waiting for the flight to Djibouti, he managed to escape but the Belgian police caught him and brutalised him. Short of breath, he fainted in the airport.
It had been planned that he would take, always under escort, a connecting flight to Djibouti. The passengers refused that he went on the plane, the police took a new ticket for the day after. One night at the hotel and on the road again to the airport. The passengers of that new flight reacted and refused to leave with that plane if A. had to go through this forced return.
After this missed deportation, the 3 persons of the escort spent a second night at the hotel in Istanbul. A, spent these two nights sitting in the bathroom, his hands tied. He was again beaten in the hotel, far away from the cameras of the airport.

27/09/2019: New deportation attempt planned by the Foreigners Office cancelled because the Somalian embassy did not deliver a let pass.

07/10/2019: The Foreigners Office contact Somalia and share the information

17/10/2019 A. is transfered from the 127bis centre to the closed centre in Bruges

04/11/2019: New deportation planned with escort: cancelled because of ‘issues’ with the airline, according to the Foreigners Office

15/11/2019: New ticket valid until 18 December 2019 because “it is possible that the man is deported within a reasonable deadline”: Belgium would have delivered a European let pass.

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