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Vierde deportatiepoging meneer Bah

De monsters van de Dienst Terreur en Verrek halen morgen een nieuwe stunt uit: iemand deporteren die al 61 dagen niets heeft gegeten. Meneer Bah wordt het volgende slachtoffer van het regime-Teeven.

Vanmiddag (woensdag) werd Bah’s beroep tegen zijn detentieplaatsing ongegrond verklaard. Volgens de rechter is het dus prima dat Bah meerdere malen in elkaar getimmerd is door G4S-bewakers in detentiecentrum Rotterdam. Mede dankzij de rechter kan de deportatie van de fysiek zeer verzwakte man – al ruim twee maanden zonder eten! – gewoon doorgaan, alsof het niks is.

Donderdag 18 juli om 07:15 uur wordt hij op KLM-vliegtuig KL1227 naar Parijs gezet, waarvandaan hij met Air France (AFR724) naar Nouakchott wordt gedeporteerd.

Meneer Bah heeft ongeveer alle staatsterreur die tegen migranten wordt gevoerd, al meegemaakt, van opsluiting totlynchpartijen en deportatiepogingen, zelfs met vervalste papieren. Fysiek en mentaal gefolterd wordt hij morgen op het vliegtuig naar Guinee gezet.

Hij past hier niet: een migrant die voor zichzelf opkomt en strijdbaar blijft, ondanks de golf van terreur die hij over zich heen krijgt. Iemand die niet lijdzaam ondergaat dat de staat hem vernedert, mishandelt, manipuleert en opsluit – zo iemand moet zo snel mogelijk weg. Hij krijgt voorrang op de deportatielijst. Ze hebben liever dat hij sterft in de onzichtbaarheid, buiten de Nederlandse grenzen, dan dat ze hem geven waar hij, net als ieder ander, recht op heeft: vrijheid en bescherming. Blijkbaar is het belangrijker dat hij zo snel mogelijk uit het zicht verdwijnt dan dat er met ook maar het kleinst denkbare greintje fatsoen met hem wordt omgegaan.

Al drie deportatiepogingen heeft hij overleefd, onder meer omdat hij al op 25 juni not fit to fly werd verklaard door een arts van de Belgische luchtvaartmaatschappij. Je kunt er vanuit gaan dat zijn medische conditie drie weken later er niet beter op is geworden. Welk monster verzint het om hem dan alsnog te deporteren?

Hoe was het motto ook al weer? Streng maar rechtvaardig?

Houd deze website in de gaten voor meer updates!

(Source / 17.07.2013)

De tor

torIk sprak met Frau Politica. Ze was innemend, schudde mij de hand en bood me koffie in een plastic bekertje aan.

We wisselden beleefdheidsfrasen uit, zoals het moment van ons verlangde. En hoewel deze frasen niet meer inhoud hadden dan leeggespoelde varkensdarmen, hebben we er gezamenlijk onze conversatie mee gedecoreerd. Gezellig, niet? Jazeker, Frau Politica.

Maar toen, terwijl het gesprek onmiskenbaar de steile kloof van een onoverbrugbaar meningsverschil in sloop, zag ik het ineens.

Er kroop een glanzend gepolijste tor uit haar mond. Een volmaakt wezen, zijn dekschilden fonkelend van SS-zwart naar diep KMar-blauw. Niets in haar houding verried dat ze zich bewust was van de tor, die nu langs haar blanke keel naar beneden kroop.

Bezorgd om haar welzijnstoestand – ik ben niet vaak getuige van een insect dat tussen iemands lippen verschijnt – attendeerde ik haar discreet op hetgeen ik zojuist had waargenomen.

“Ik herken me niet in het beeld dat u nu schetst”, glimlachte ze vriendelijk, terwijl een tweede tor zich bij de eerste voegde, een al even perfect exemplaar als zijn voorganger. In verwarring was ik, door de torren, maar meer nog onthutst door haar onverstoorbaarheid.

De insecten hadden zich inmiddels ingegraven in één van de dossiers die verspreid op haar bureau lagen en vermenigvuldigden zich. In een mum van tijd krioelden honderden, duizenden, miljarden torren zelfs, door haar werkkamer en nestelden zich in dossiers, rapporten en brieven. Al die tijd zat zij daar en sprak op een welwillende toon, maar haar woorden werden overstemd door het aanzwellende geluid van dit knagende, smakkende en slurpende leger.

Het decor van beukenhout en rookglas vervaagde. Nu werd pas zichtbaar hoe dit leger zich voedde: met de onnoembaar vele zielen van hen, die naam- en papierloos wachtten op een verlossend woord dat nooit zou komen. Hen, wiens handen krachteloos neer waren gevallen en wiens ogen levenloos staarden naar de vele dossiers.

De weeïge lijkengeur werd een onverdraaglijke stank, maar nog steeds zat Frau Politica daar, haar handen verstrengeld, en zij praatte.

Ik vluchtte haar werkkamer uit de gang op, maar uit iedere aangrenzende kamer stroomde dezelfde krioelende massa. Ik vluchtte, ik vluchtte, tot ik buiten was.

Die eerste glanzende, volmaakte tor.

Ik ken zijn naam.

Zijn naam is Leugen.

(Source / 16.07.2013)

Nu onderweg naar Azerbeidjan?

H.T, 22 jaar, beleeft nu op dit moment één van de allerzwaarste momenten in zijn leven. De Staat wilde hem terug naar Azerbeidjan en had een vlucht voor hem geboekt. Het vliegtuig is zojuist, met 33 minuten vertraging, vertrokken.

Op dit moment is het nog onbekend of H.T inderdaad in het vliegtuig zit; de kans bestaat dat hij geprobeerd heeft zich te verzetten en dat de piloot hem aan boord heeft geweigerd. Maar voor nu kunnen we niet meer doen dan wachten.

H.T zat al geruime tijd in het detentiecentrum in Rotterdam. Als de Dienst Terugkeer en Vertrek dan wil overgaan naar een deportatie, dient de advocaat van de  vluchteling ruime tijd van tevoren op de hoogte te worden gesteld, zodat er juridische stappen kunnen worden ondernomen en zodat een rechter ook de tijd heeft om zich over iemand te kunnen uitspreken. Maar dat was, net als bij K vorige week, niet het geval. DT&V stelde H.T gisteren op de hoogte en heeft niet de moeite genomen om zijn advocaat te verwittigen. Toen de vluchteling zijn advocaat zelf het nieuws gaf, besloot deze om geen stappen meer te ondernemen.

Onbegrijpelijk – niet alleen voor de 22-jarige Azerbeidjaan zelf, maar ook wat betreft het principe: óók een instantie zoals de DT&V dient teruggefloten te worden als ze zich in hun hoogmoed boven de wet stellen.

(Source / 09.07.2013)

The Netherlands: Administrative detention, chasing refugees and the case of the hunger strikers

EUSSRThe Netherlands, once a showcase for tolerance, is quickly degrading into a country where human rights are just a vague memory from the past.

Refugees in search for a safe haven find themselves being locked up indefinitely in a prison regime. Independent medical attention is being made as difficult as possible.

Politics crushes basic human rights and it actually seems like a large group of the voters – fed by classical conditioning that every refugee is a criminal and a parasite – supports the inhumane treatment which suggests apartheid is still deeply rooted and never left.

In this article some of the events of the last weeks are being told.

When refugees arrive by plane, they get to be detained right away. The case of Ina from Mali is an example of how this process works. Ina escaped from a horrible life in Mali and arrived at Schiphol airport with her passport. Immigration services confiscated her papers and she was put in prison for seven months. Once in court for her asylum procedure, immigration services stated Ina made up her story and destroyed her passport herself after they had returned it to her. Supposedly Ina signed a receipt for getting back her passport. Immigration services’ lawyer wasn’t able to produce the receipt and the judge ordered for her to be released.

Non-deportable
Since several years the police are chasing down persons who have been declared illegal in a policy called the ‘illegal quota’. 4800 Persons a year need to be caught and put in prison. Note that these people’s only crime is that our government doesn’t want them.

Private security firm G4S delivers wardens to all Dutch detention centres.

The facilities in the detention centre are more or less at the same level as in an ordinary prison with one of the differences being the refugees are not supplied with a daily activity program.

A large group of people, including women and children is being detained. The persons inside are from very various backgrounds, but the majority is ‘non-deportable’ for several reasons.

These people are trapped in a revolving door of getting detained for 18 month periods maximum a time while there is no chance of deportation.

Being locked up and getting into the same situation over and over again has led a group of detainees to starting a hunger strike with some of them even on thirst strike; food and drinks consumption being the only thing left they have some control over. They’re not asking for much. For most of them getting a permit to stay in The Netherlands is not the goal. All they want is to be treated as humans; in their own words, they want freedom and protection. Justice secretary of State Teeven has made it clear he already thinks our immigration system is very humane even though it breaches human rights laws (rulings by European human rights court) and The Netherlands is again mentioned in the Amnesty year report.

Medical care and the case of mister Bah
One of the hunger strikers of the first hour is mister Bah. Mister Bah, sick and tired of being in the revolving detainee door, entered into hunger strike and afterwards also into thirst strike. His goal is not to get a permit to stay; he just wants to be treated as a human being.

Bah is an intelligent person who knows international law and understands that international treaties are clear on putting hunger strikers in solitary confinement. All research that’s been done on solitary confinement points out that it has severe negative consequences for the detainee but also for society once they’re set free.

Being on hunger strike alone is definitely not a sufficiently valid reason for isolation.

In detention centre Rotterdam – according to several accounts from inside – hunger strikers are being put in solitary confinement and methods like sleep deprivation are being applied to break their hunger strike.

It’s important to mention refugee Dolmatov died in this detention centre and Teeven almost lost his job because of that. Another dead refugee would mean the end of his career.

Mister Bah searched the press to tell the world what’s going on inside. His contact with the press led to a television program and questions of members of parliament.

Hunger strikers have a right to a trusted doctor of their own choice. Several of them asked for doctor Bonsen who was already known by some of them because of her work for undocumented persons.

The detention centre denied her access. After repeatedly trying to gain access to the patients, the doctor went to court for intervention.

During the court case she was promised her team of trusted doctors would gain access by following a simple procedure consisting of the hunger striker giving her name to the management of the detention centre and them making contact with her.

The next day this procedure was followed but still access was denied. Management had changed the procedure again.

From now on hunger strikers would need to contact their lawyer every day over again to request for their doctor. The lawyer would have to get permission from the management and only then the doctor would gain access.

It’s important to note that not everybody on hunger strike has a lawyer which means independent medical aid is out of reach for this group.

Mister Bah in the meantime had been transferred to a medical detention centre because of his weak health being on thirst strike and still on hunger strike as well.

Mister Bah stopped with his hunger- and thirst strike after he was promised he would not be placed in solitary confinement. Once he was transferred back to the detention centre he was presented with a document to sign stating that he chooses to be placed in solitary confinement. He refused to sign and was presented with a special intervention team of about 10 persons who threw him into isolation by force. He was handcuffed, stripped naked and put down on his belly on the floor. He immediately restarted his hunger- and thirst strike.

The next day doctor Bonsen visited mister Bah and noted a physically very weak man with bruises on his body consistent with violent force usage.

She made arrangements to see him again the next day but again she was denied access to her patient. She was only able to visit him after intervention from his lawyer. On arrival the doctor was forced to sign a document stating she was not allowed to take photographs of the patient or discuss anything seen inside with people outside which she signed under protest.

Once she finally saw mister Bah, she was not allowed to see his medical file and had to use a room with no privacy because of glass windows. The detention centre is equipped with a medical room but she was denied access.

On Monday the 20th the doctor tried to get in touch with mister Bah and is told by management she will be called back. After waiting for several hours, she contacts his lawyer who can’t make contact either. At 15:00 hours his lawyer is called that mister Bah will be transported to the prison in Vught.

Prison Vught is the most heavily guarded prison in The Netherlands where the biggest criminals are placed. The lawyer is told that there has been a violent incident. Mister Bah (extremely weakened by hunger and thirst strike) apparently is a threat to perfectly healthy and trained guards.

Again the doctor is not allowed to visit her patient who gets transferred the next day to the medical detention centre because of his deteriorating health condition.

Once she finally sees him, she notes that he has been beaten; he is severely bruised and has two cuts in his face consistent with his account that a guard with a ring on his finger beat him up with his fist. In isolation there is 24/7 camera inspection, so Bah wants the tape to be released as proof. Management conveniently states that at that exact time, the camera was not running.

The doctor is still not allowed to make photographs which paves the path for the justice secretary of state to claim he wasn’t beaten at all.

At this point the doctor decides to press charges against the detention centre for physical abuse and obstruction of medical aid.

The story of mister Bah has gained a lot of publicity. At this point nobody knows how many people exactly are on hunger strike and/or thirst strike, also nobody knows what’s really going on in these detention centres. The justice department examines itself, so clearly there’s no independent research being done.

In the mean time the justice department filed for a quick research by the State Council (consisting mostly of former politicians) on force feeding hunger strikers. This council thinks to have found some loophole in the European human rights manifest and stated force feeding is allowed even though the United Nations have declared it torture.

Leaked email correspondence shows they were already actively searching for doctors willing to perform the act.

Meanwhile people are being deported to for instance Afghanistan while being too weak to fly as in the case of hunger striker mister Ghafuri who was deported last Saturday. The day before the deportation again a visit from doctor Bonsen got obstructed which meant she had to go to court where a judge granted her last minute access to examine mister Ghafuri who was already behind customs.

She found a man who wasn’t able anymore to speak in a coherent manner suggesting psychosis but also his blood sugar was extremely low.

Low blood sugar level which may cause heart failure while in the air with no medical staff present.

Unfortunately the judge decided he was fit to fly based on the fact that the government had several medical doctors declaring him stable, none of which actually examined him. Doctor Bonsen was the first to measure his blood sugar level.

People are not even given the chance to recuperate from hunger and/or thirst strike.

A good indicator of the level of civilisation in a country is how a country treats refugees. In The Netherlands it’s safe to say respect for basic human rights doesn’t apply to refugees, a tendency unfortunately seen throughout the Western nations.

(Source / 03.07.2013)

The water is running out in Gaza: Humanitarian catastrophe looms as territory’s only aquifer fails

The Gaza Strip, a tiny wedge of land jammed between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean sea, is heading inexorably into a water crisis that the United Nations says could make the Palestinian enclave uninhabitable in just a few years.

With 90 to 95 per cent of the territory’s only aquifer contaminated by sewage, chemicals and seawater, neighbourhood desalination facilities and their public taps are a lifesaver for some of Gaza’s 1.6 million residents. But these small-scale projects provide water for only about 20 per cent of the population, forcing many more residents in the impoverished territory to buy bottled water at a premium. The UN estimates that more than 80 per cent of Gazans buy their drinking water. “Families are paying as much as a third of their household income for water,” said June Kunugi, a special representative of the UN children’s fund Unicef.

The Gaza Strip, governed by the Islamist group Hamas and in a permanent state of tension with Israel, is not the only place in the Middle East facing water woes. A Nasa study of satellite data released this year showed that between 2003 and 2009 the region lost 144 cubic kilometres of stored freshwater – equivalent to the amount in the Dead Sea – making a bad situation much worse.

But the situation in Gaza is particularly acute, with the UN warning that its sole aquifer might be unusable by 2016, with the damage potentially irreversible by 2020. Between 5 and 10 per cent only of the aquifer’s water is safe to drink, but even this can mix with poor-quality water during distribution, making it good only for washing.

“The tap water from the municipality is not fit to drink, and my husband is a kidney patient,” said Sahar Moussa, a mother of three, who lives in a cramped, ramshackle house in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, near the Egyptian border. She spends 45 shekels (£8.20) each month – a large sum for most Palestinians in the area – to buy filtered water that she stores in a 500L plastic tank.

Further complicating the issue is Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, which activists say has prevented the import of materials needed for repairs on water and waste facilities. Israel says the blockade is necessary to prevent arms from reaching Hamas, which is opposed to the existence of the Jewish state.

With no streams or rivers to speak of, Gaza has historically relied almost exclusively on its coastal aquifer, which receives some 50 to 60 million cubic metres of refill each year thanks to rainfall and run-off from the Hebron hills to the east. But the needs of Gaza’s rapidly growing population, as well as those of the nearby Israeli farmers, means an estimated 160 million cubic metres of water is drawn from the compromised aquifer each year. As the levels sink, seawater seeps in from the nearby Mediterranean. This saline pollution is made worse by untreated waste, with 90,000 cubic metres of raw sewage allowed to flow into the shallow sea waters each day from Gaza, according to UN data.

Even with the aquifer, regular running tap water is a luxury unknown to many Gazans. People living across the territory say that during the summer months water might spurt out of their taps every other day, and the pressure is often so low that those living on upper floors might see just a trickle.

Many families have opted to drill private wells drawing from water deep underground. Authorisation is required but rigid restrictions mean that most households dig their wells in secret. Hired labourers erect large plastic sheets to try to hide their work from prying neighbours. “As you can see, this is like a crime scene,” said a 45-year-old father of six, who gave his name as Abu Mohammed. A clothes merchant from Gaza city, he paid his clandestine, seven-strong crew £2,300 to drill a well and came across water at a depth of 48 metres. “We begin the work after sunset and… cover the sound of digging with music,” he said. A senior Israeli security official estimates that as many as 6,000 wells have been sunk in Gaza, many without authorisation.

While Israel shares the polluted aquifer, which stretches all the way to Caesarea, about 37 miles north of Tel Aviv, the problem is less acute than in Gaza which is downstream. In addition, Israel can access water from the Sea of Galilee and the mountain aquifer that also spans the West Bank.

As Gaza borders the sea, the obvious answer is desalination. Gaza already hosts 18 small plants, one treating seawater, the others water from brackish wells – most of them supplied by Unicef and Oxfam.

The Palestinian Water Authority has started work on two new seawater desalination plants and is planning a third, larger facility, which is designed to produce 55 million cubic metres of water a year. But with funding for the $450m (£295m) project still uncertain, construction is not due to start until 2017. By that time, cash-strapped Gaza may not have enough electricity available to power the energy-intensive plants. The UN estimates that Gaza needs an additional 100 megawatts of production capacity even before the big water facility is built.

Israel is trying to drum up aid for Gaza, the senior security official said, alarmed at the prospect of a looming water catastrophe and possible humanitarian crisis on its doorstep. “We have talked to everyone we know in the international community because 1.4 million people will be without water in a few years,” he said, asking not to be named because of the issue’s sensitivity. He said Israel, a leader in the desalination industry, was helping to train a few Gazans in the latest water technology, which the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) confirmed.

Rebhi El Sheikh, deputy chairman of the PWA, has called on international donors to help fund energy, water and sewage projects, warning of disaster if nothing happens. “A small investment is needed to avoid a bigger one, and it is a humanitarian issue that has nothing to do with politics or security,” he said.

Water wars

Water scarcity has become a growing problem in the Middle East, East Africa and the US.

Although the Middle East has experienced water scarcity for quite some time, Jay Famiglietti, principal investigator of a recently published Nasa study, has said that there was an “alarming rate of decrease in total water storage in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins, which currently has the second fastest rate of groundwater storage loss on Earth, after India”. With tensions already high in this region, water scarcity could become another cause of conflict.

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the driest regions in the world. East Africa, in particular the Nile River basin, has seen conflict rise over who controls fresh water supplies. Due to limited resources, the Sudanese civil war between 1983 and 2005 became a struggle over territory which in turn led to conflicts over water supplies. The impact on the population and irrigation of the country would be substantial. After 22 years of fighting, 400,000 people were killed and 2.5 million were displaced from their homes.

Water cleanliness is an issue that is having considerable impact on sub-Saharan Africa. According to the charity WaterAid, 16.4 million people in Kenya and 43.4 million people in Ethiopia don’t have access to safe water.

The US is also facing significant strain on fresh-water supplies. According to WaterSense, a partnership program of the US Environmental Protection Agency: “Nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or state-wide water shortages” this year, “even under non-drought conditions”.

Water scarcity was recently addressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who warned that by 2030 nearly half the world’s population could be facing a scarcity of water, with demand outstripping supply by 40 per cent.

(Source / 30.06.2013)

THOUSANDS IN ISTANBUL PROTEST DEMONSTRATOR’S DEATH

ISTANBUL (AP) — Thousands have gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, demanding justice for a protester slain by police fire during demonstrations that have swept Turkey this month.

The protesters on Saturday also denounced the killing of a Kurdish demonstrator by paramilitary police in a mainly Kurdish town a day earlier.

A brutal police crackdown on a peaceful environmental sit-in ignited the nationwide protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Four people have died during nearly three weeks of demonstrations.

The demonstrators in Taksim were angry over a court decision that released a police officer from custody pending his trial for the killing of a protester in Ankara.

Earlier Saturday, hundreds in southeast Turkey attended the funeral of the Kurdish youth, who was shot while protesting the construction of a military post.

(Source / 29.06.2013)

The terrible tragedy of the Prisoner Ahmed al-Sakani

 

Imagine the story of a man waiting eagerly and anxiously for the arrival of his first born child, and as he waits, he is unjustly detained and sentenced to twenty-seven years behind bars. His wife gives birth to their child while he is in prison and the child grows up without ever having set eyes on their father. However, after eleven years, the tragedy reaches its climax; while listening to a radio broadcast in prison, the man hears news of the death of his only son who had been waiting on pins and needles for his father’s embrace…

This is the story of the Palestinian prisoner Ahmed al-Sakani from the Gaza Strip and his only son, Tariq. Al-Sakani was arrested at the Abu Houli Checkpoint in central Gaza on 10 December 2001, and his only son Tariq was born while he was in detention. As a consequence of the Israeli policy which deprives Palestinian prisoners of receiving family visitors, throughout the duration of his detention, al-Sakani was only allowed to see his son on two occasions.

Tariq was killed on Monday, 24 December 2013 after taking part in a ceremony in support of Palestinian prisoners. After the ceremony he was killed in an accident when the car he was traveling collided with a truck.

During the ceremony, young Tariq delivered his final address to the world and included the following words:

“Dear sleeping world…there is a piece of this world called Palestine where people live in a state of injustice and oppression …according to what right do the children of Palestine wake up without being able to see their fathers…according to what right is the child deprived of seeing their father from birth? My father is not a criminal; neither is he a murderer or a traitor. However, he languishes in a cell where he does not see the light of day under conditions only acceptable for murderers and criminals …Dear world that has shut its ears in the face of the children of Palestine: where are human rights, where is conscience, where is humanity? Since I was born, I have not seen my father! Where in the universe does this happen? I want my father, I want my father; I want to hear his voice.”

These are the words that exploded from young Tariq’s heart, which was filled with sadness and oppression, without him knowing that only a few moments separated him from death when he would return to God; there, in the abode of eternity, not a single soul is oppressed…

As for the father in his prison cell, he could not withstand the shock of the news he heard over the local broadcast and fainted before collapsing from its impact. In his pitiful state, he said: “Prison and barbed wire weep from this news, as how am I his father…my son Tariq …my son Tariq …he died while awaiting my release so that he could hug me!

(Source / 28.06.2013)

M. (15) mishandeld door vreemdelingenpolitie

 

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Gisterochtend om half acht stonden ze in M.’s kamer, tien man van de vreemdelingenpolitie. Om M., E. (zijn broertje van 10) en zijn vader te arresteren en naar detentie te brengen.

M. protesteerde; ze waren immers nog volop in procedure, dus hoe konden ze dan gearresteerd worden op de gezinslocatie? M. zei zelfs: “Ga de papieren maar nakijken.” Dat heeft hij geweten. Twee uur later kwam het arrestatieteam terug en namen hem onder handen. Hij werd geslagen, zijn hoofd werd tegen de muur geslagen en daarna heeft hij vier uur geboeid gezeten. M. is vijftien.

Nu zitten ze, M.’s alleenstaande vader met zijn twee zoons in detentiecentrum Rotterdam en krijgen ze waarschijnlijk binnen nu en een week te horen wanneer de DT&V ze wil uitzetten naar Afghanistan.

Nog niet zo lang geleden was M. samen met zijn vader en broertje net als veel andere Afghaanse vluchtelingen naar Den Haag gekomen om te protesteren tegen de deportaties naar Afghanistan (zie foto). Harry van Bommel kwam met de vluchtelingen spreken en mensen konden vragen stellen. M. stelde ook een vraag: hoe kan het dat mensen die geen criminele dingen hebben gedaan in de gevangenis terecht komen? Harry van Bommel moest het antwoord schuldig blijven. En nu zit M. er zelf: in detentiecentrum Rotterdam. Zijn hoofd is bont en blauw van de mishandeling door het arrestatieteam.

Bij het protest in Den Haag spraken we M. zelf ook: een rustige, intelligente jongen van vijftien die uitstekend Nederlands spreekt. En zich bewust is van zijn rechten: waarom wordt een gezin dat nog in procedure is gearresteerd om uitgezet te worden?

Alsof de razzia’s in de gezinslocaties en racistische ID controles al niet erg genoeg zijn, dit keer heeft de vreemdelingenpolitie er een stevig schepje bovenop gedaan, door minderjarigen te mishandelen.

Het is schandalig. Het is meer dan schandalig – het is ziek.

(Source / 21.06.2013)

Illegal Moroccan immigrant faces deportation, leaving her four children

A Moroccan woman in Amsterdam is facing deportation to Morocco as an illegal immigrant, even though her four children have Dutch nationality, the Parool reported on Thursday.

Aicha el Maher was picked up almost two weeks ago after officials carried out a spot check on a takeaway cafe, where they said she was working illegally, a fact that she denies. El Maher has since been held in a deportation centre in Rotterdam.

El Maher’s four children, aged 8, 6, 3 and almost two, are now being cared for by a friend while immigration lawyers try to get her released from the deportation centre.

Speed

Her lawyer Abdelhadi el Aqde told local broadcaster AT5 El Maher is willing to return to Morocco.

‘The speed the immigration service have moved at is incomprehensible,’ he said. ‘They could have at least made sure the children were properly looked after… the mother was prepared to go back but not like this.’

The European Court of Justice ruled earlier that parents who are without residency permits should be given proper papers if their children have a European nationality.

Father

A spokesman for the the deportation service said earlier this week El Maher can opt to take her children back to Morocco with her. Her husband is 20 years older than her and is unable to care for them.

According to one media report, El Maher was unable to get a residency permit because her husband lives on benefits and does not have enough income to meet the rules on bringing a foreign bride to the Netherlands.

El Maher was due to be deported on Monday but that was adverted after she made a claim for asylum. She has lived in the Netherlands since 2007.

Queen

Single mother Khadija el Bouni, who is looking after El Maher’s four children as well as her own three, told the Parool she planned to write to queen Maxima to plead her friend’s case.

‘I am going to write to her, spelling mistakes or not,’ El Bouni said. Aware that there is nothing the queen can do, El Bouni said: ‘I just think she should know about it.

(Source / 20.06.2013)

Klaagster weigerde echter mee te werken aan dit lichaamsonderzoek

In Nederland worden elk jaar duizenden mensen opgesloten, niet omdat ze een strafbaar feit hebben gepleegd, maar omdat ze niet in ons land mogen blijven. Het regime in deze vreemdelingendetentie lijkt op het regime voor criminelen. In wetten en protocollen is vastgelegd hoe het personeel dient te handelen. Onderstaand volgen enkele letterlijke passages uit een recente uitspraak.

Een asielzoekster die negen dagen in aanmeldcentrum Schiphol op een afdeling met andere vreemdelingen had verbleven, werd toen naar een centrum voor vreemdelingenbewaring overgebracht.

Gelet op het feit dat klaagster aldus gedurende een relatief lange periode buiten de inrichting met een aanmerkelijk aantal mensen in aanraking is gekomen, terwijl niet duidelijk is welke mate van beveiliging aldaar werd gehanteerd, kon de directeur in redelijkheid beslissen dat klaagster in het belang van de orde en veiligheid in de inrichting bij terugkomst gevisiteerd diende te worden … Klaagster weigerde echter mee te werken.

Er werd de vrouw te verstaan gegeven dat het personeel haar dan zou uitkleden. En dat daar ‘in verband met de veiligheid’ mannelijke personeelsleden bij aanwezig zouden zijn.

Omdat klaagster bleef weigeren mee te werken is zij door personeel ontkleed. Hierbij waren ook twee mannelijke personeelsleden aanwezig. Er is op haar een beenklem toegepast. Volgens de directeur is er geen sprake geweest van vaginale visitatie. Wel heeft een vrouwelijk personeelslid klaagsters bilnaad geschouwd omdat klaagster weigerde de verzochte kniebuigingen te maken. Nu klaagster geweigerd had mee te werken aan de reguliere visitatie … kon de directeur in redelijkheid beslissen klaagster in het belang van de orde en veiligheid van de inrichting de maatregel van afzondering op te leggen.


Een beenklem, voor wie zoiets nooit heeft gezien, is een werktuig om de benen en billen in spreidstand te dwingen.

De omstandigheid dat bekend was dat klaagster als vreemdelinge in de vreemdelingbewaring een problematische voorgeschiedenis had, en dus mogelijk als kwetsbare persoon diende te worden beschouwd, behoefde hieraan niet in de weg te staan.

Volgens het medisch dossier is mevrouw ernstig getraumatiseerd ten gevolge van ondergane verkrachting en mishandeling in het land van herkomst.

Bekend was immers dat klaagster in het verleden altijd, zij het onder protest, had meegewerkt aan visitaties bij terugkomst in de inrichting. Een trauma op dit gebied behoefde men dus niet te verwachten. Bovendien had klaagster geen enkele reden gegeven voor haar weigerachtige houding.

Dat er twee mannelijke personeelsleden aanwezig waren is volgens de commissie geen onbehoorlijke procedure, omdat de vrouw daarvoor gewaarschuwd was en er bovendien ‘ op dat moment geen andere, vrouwelijke personeelsleden beschikbaar waren.’ Dat de bilnaad is geschouwd acht de commissie:

een proportionele maatregel gelet op klaagsters weigering om kniebuigingen te maken. Ten aanzien van het aanleggen van een beenklem bij klaagster, geldt het volgende. Voldoende aannemelijk is dat klaagster op dusdanige wijze verzet heeft geboden tegen de visitatie dat het gebruik van vrijheidsbeperkende middelen, zoals een beenklem, gerechtvaardigd was.

Op een enkel punt stelt de commissie de klaagster in het gelijk:

Van het gebruikmaken van dit middel [de beenklem] had een schriftelijk verslag, als bedoeld in artikel 9, eerste lid, van de Geweldsinstructie penitentiaire inrichtingen, moeten worden gedaan. Een dergelijk verslag ontbreekt. Dit onderdeel van het beklag zal daarom op formele gronden alsnog gegrond worden verklaard. Aan klaagster zal een tegemoetkoming worden toegekend van 15 euro.

Enkele weken na deze visitatie, een jaar vóór de uitspraak van de beroepscommissie, had Amnesty over deze mevrouw N. een brief gestuurd. De brief citeert uit haar dossier, opgesteld in een asielzoekerscentrum waar ze eerder had verbleven, waarin haar voorgeschiedenis als ‘kwetsbaar persoon’ werd toegelicht:

… in [land X] samen met haar dochter van negen verkracht door meerdere mannen … zwaar mishandeld, toegetakeld met een mes, meerdere littekens van verwondingen … angstig en onveilig gevoel, bang voor aids of soa, vertrouwt mannen niet meer …

Niemand van het personeel van het vreemdelingendetentiecentrum was van dat trauma op de hoogte. De medische dienst wel. Maar niemand van het personeel kwam op het idee om bij het heftig verzet van mevrouw N. de medische dienst te consulteren.

Verpleegkundigen bezochten mevrouw later op de avond na de visitatie, enkele keren in de isoleercel:

… door het luikje aangesproken, mw. zit naakt heeft joggingpak onaangeraakt naast zich liggen, mw. weigert te antwoorden, staart alleen voor zich uit … mw. hyperventileert erg, ligt naakt op de grond … verkrampt, veel slijm op de kleding en de grond, opgedroogd bloed uit neus … kaak klem en r. arm+been ijskoud en verkrampt … later begon mw. te braken …

Met uitspraak van de beroepscommissie is de klacht van mw N afgehandeld.

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(Source / 18.06.2013)