Belgium: Asylum seekers and irregular migrants, excessive use of force by police, prison conditions and the banning of face veils

Belgium: Asylum seekers and irregular migrants, excessive use of force by police, prison conditions and the banning of face veils

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Index Number: EUR 14/001/2010
Date Published: 8 November 2010
Categories: Belgium

This submission was prepared for the UN Universal Periodic Review of Belgium, in May 2011. In this document, Amnesty International raises concerns about the treatment of asylum seekers and irregular migrants, in particular regarding administrative detention, inadequate conditions in closed centres, breaches of the principle of non-refoulement, forcible returns to Iraq, and ill-treatment by law enforcement officials during expulsions. Amnesty International is also concerned about the use of conducted energy devices by police and overcrowding and poor conditions in prisons.


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