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Human Rights Watch: French police use excessive force on Calais migrants

 

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FILE PHOTO: French riot police walk towards a migrant who is on his knees as French authorities block their access to a food distribution point in Calais, France, June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

 

PARIS (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) pressed the French government on Wednesday to end what it described as police violence against migrants in the northern town of Calais, where hundreds have returned despite the demolition of a sprawling camp known as "the jungle".

 

In a report entitled "Like Living in Hell", the rights group said police "routinely" abused migrants in the hope of having them leave the coastal town.

 

Based on interviews conducted with some 60 migrants in the area, HRW said police had used pepper spray on child and adult migrants while they were sleeping, regularly sprayed or confiscated sleeping bags and clothing, and sometimes destroyed food and water.

 

Officials at the interior ministry and the regional government could not be reached for comment.

 

"Such acts violate the prohibition on inhuman and degrading treatment as well as international standards on police conduct," HRW said.

 

"Local and national authorities should immediately and unequivocally direct police to adhere to international standards on the use of force and to refrain from conduct that interferes with aid delivery," it said.

 

Aid agencies and government officials estimate there are as many as 600 migrants, fleeing war and poverty, in the northern port area, where a vast shanty town was brought down by authorities last October.

 

Drawn by the English language and, in some cases, by family and friends, they hope to reach Britain illegally.

 

"Since they destroyed the Calais camp last year, there is no place to sleep or eat. It's like living in hell," HRW quoted a 29-year-old Ethiopian national as saying.

 

The accusations of police misconduct echo what other migrants and local associations representatives told Reuters last month. The regional prefect and a police official had at the time formally denied any wrongdoing.

 

A local court in June ordered authorities to provide drinking water, toilets and showers to migrants and to allow charities to hand out meals. But at the same time it upheld government decisions to deploy extra riot police and not to build a new reception centre.

 

New president Emmanuel Macron last month promised migrants would be treated humanely after France's human rights watchdog was fiercely critical of the living conditions they face.

 

(Reporting by Matthias Blamont; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Pritha Sarkar)

 
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The Calais migrant circus has been going on for years...

 

Time to be human, dignified but unconditionnally firm.

 

Treat the immigrants with dignity and respect (and not plainly pepper mace their faces as the French Riot CRS Police love to do so)..... but plainly have them deported.

 

The costs of their deportation could be shared between the UK and the EU for instance...

 

Most of the africains nations,  refuse re-entry of a officially deported person without ID...and that's all part of the racket that prevents deportation....deeper political (and financial) agreements are needed with the African Nations to take back their unwanted..

 

If not the breach will extend and the situation will go out of control.

 

But the issue seems to staggle as each country is refusing to assume the political responsability....so at one point everyone will reap what they sow...

 

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1 hour ago, observer90210 said:

The Calais migrant circus has been going on for years...

 

Time to be human, dignified but unconditionnally firm.

 

Treat the immigrants with dignity and respect (and not plainly pepper mace their faces as the French Riot CRS Police love to do so)..... but plainly have them deported.

 

The costs of their deportation could be shared between the UK and the EU for instance...

 

Most of the africains nations,  refuse re-entry of a officially deported person without ID...and that's all part of the racket that prevents deportation....deeper political (and financial) agreements are needed with the African Nations to take back their unwanted..

 

If not the breach will extend and the situation will go out of control.

 

But the issue seems to staggle as each country is refusing to assume the political responsability....so at one point everyone will reap what they sow...

 

Why on Earth should the Uk or , indeed any country, share the cost of deportation?

 

I understand the problem of countries refusing to accept the re-entry of "refugees' but what is the answer?

 

It will get to the point of a 747 landing, flanked by an armed forced saying ' there you go...back home old mate'

 

Hard to see it ending any other way except by a complete subjugation to 'radical' Islam by Europe. SEA is in big trouble right now too.

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3 minutes ago, tryasimight said:

Why on Earth should the Uk or , indeed any country, share the cost of deportation?

 

I understand the problem of countries refusing to accept the re-entry of "refugees' but what is the answer?

 

It will get to the point of a 747 landing, flanked by an armed forced saying ' there you go...back home old mate'

 

Hard to see it ending any other way except by a complete subjugation to 'radical' Islam by Europe. SEA is in big trouble right now too.

Well if you deport them, it has a cost...somebody has to pay?...Who?

 

 

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11 minutes ago, observer90210 said:

Well if you deport them, it has a cost...somebody has to pay?...Who?

 

 

Perhaps by reducing the amount of foreign aid the  unwitting taxpayer is forced to give them. Go ask your Government what the handout is.

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Take it from their home country's foreign aid allowance. Or is that spoken for to buy the African president his next Lear jet?

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14 minutes ago, tryasimight said:

Perhaps by reducing the amount of foreign aid the  unwitting taxpayer is forced to give them. Go ask your Government what the handout is.

Ok I followed your advice and just asked them.

 

They said that the UK must pay for the deportation in full (and not split the costs as I suggested)..sorry your idea was not all that good after all...:sleep::cheesy:

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When will those people from the colonies ever learn. We took everything we could from their country, set up independent government, introduced genocide to reduce minorities, taught the latest techniques of torture and now they have the hide to seek refuge in our lands. Ungrateful lot.  

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16 minutes ago, observer90210 said:

Ok I followed your advice and just asked them.

 

They said that the UK must pay for the deportation in full (and not split the costs as I suggested)..sorry your idea was not all that good after all...:sleep::cheesy:

Wow you must have contacts at high level on call 24/7.

 

Why would your people...the UK  tax payer agree to pay for half the deportation costs of people who have never set foot in the UK?

 

They are still in Calais in France. Is it that irrelevant to your employer?

 

 

 

 

 

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