CRACKS IN THE DUTCH DEPORTATION AND DETENTION REGIME
June 13, 2013 — Comment
Written by Helen Hintjens & Ahmed Puri
A series of hunger strikes, following allegations of abuse, force and the use of forged documents, are showing up the fault lines in the Dutch detention system.
For the first time in more than a decade, hundreds of people in Dutch immigration detention centres have gone on hunger strikes in protest at their hopeless situation. In late May, two young Guinean men moved from Rotterdam detention centre to the prison hospital in Scheveningen in The Hague, were reported to be suffering from kidney failure as a result of dry fasting. One of them, Issa Koulibaly, a 22-year-old who has written long and eloquent letters to his lawyer and supporters, explaining exactly what has been happening to him in detention, states in his letters that if forced to return to Guinea, he would rather die.
HEAVY ABUSE IN DETENTION CENTER ROTTERDAM, AGAIN
UPDATE, 11.37: This morning, around 9 am, the doctor has visited mister Bah. “He has been heavily abused”, she says. “He has a big bump on his forehead, and a cut in his right cheeck, caused by a pen the guard was using. He has bruised on his forehead and his temple.” The ministry of Justice stated that Bah himself was being violent, but according to the doctor he is “barely able to walk”, because of his weakened condition. Since Friday noon he has not eaten or drinken anything. Apart from the visit this morning, he has not had any medical care.
REFUGEES RESISTING STATE OPPRESSION, AND SOLIDARITY ACTIVISM IN THE NETHERLANDS, AND MORE
Sunday 19 May, 2013
This article was written for Libcom, and can be read there already.
Protest and resistance by refugees and solidarity activists in the Netherlands is meeting serious repression. This is now getting media attention, and provoking new protest as well.