HRW DECLINES THE “DEGRADING TREATMENT” OF MIGRANTS IN CALAIS
PARIS (Reuters) – The organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounces in a new report published Thursday the “degrading treatment” issued by the French state to migrants who gather in the region of Calais in the hope of going to UK.
Regular police operations targeting makeshift camps in which hundreds of adults and children live trigger a strategy to “inflict distress”, accuses HRW.
In the 86-page report, the human rights organization documented from interviews with 60 migrants, including 40 unaccompanied minors, as well as officials from state and municipal services, mass expulsions, harassment almost daily police officer, restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid and on access to this aid.
So many “abusive practices” which aim to push migrants to leave “without resolving their migratory status and without dissuading new arrivals”, underlines the report.
“Nothing can justify subjecting people to daily humiliation and harassment,” comments Bénédicte Jeannerod, France director of HRW. “If the aim is to discourage migrants from regrouping in the north of France, these policies are a blatant failure, and cause serious suffering.”
Contacted by Reuters, the French Interior Ministry declined to comment.
(Tangi Salaün report, edited by Sophie Louet)