Camps at Calais and Grande-Synthe (France): Policing and Access to Justice

The report is based on BHRC’s fact-finding mission to the Calais and Grand-Synthe camps in France between 21 and 22 March 2016. The BHRC highlights the several instances of police violence, the use of excessive force and the failure of the police to protect inhabitants of the camp facing violence from others. For instance, immigrants and asylum seekers have been subjected to severe beatings and tear gas. These instances of excessive police violence occurred during the evictions from and demolition of certain parts of the camps. The report further draws attention to the lack of adequate legal advice, representation and observation within the camps. As such, asylum seekers have been misinformed about their rights and, therefore, unable to report any human rights violations.


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