French police accused of brutality at Calais migrant camp

French police intercept migrants attempting to cross the English Channel near Calais Photo: Steve Finn/The Telegraph

Migrants in Calais hoping to cross the Channel to the UK have accused the French police of beating them.

Researchers from Human Rights Watch spoke to 44 asylum seekers and migrants in Calais, including three children.

Nineteen, including two of the children, said police had abused them at least once, including beatings. Eight had visible broken limbs or other injuries, which they alleged were caused by police in Calais and surrounding areas. Twenty one, including two children, said police had sprayed them with pepper spray.

“Asylum seekers and migrants shouldn’t have to face police violence in France, and no one who applies for asylum should be left to live in the street,” said Izza Leghtas, Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“Providing adequate reception conditions and humane treatment for asylum seekers isn’t only a matter of meeting legal obligations, it is also the right thing to do to help end the limbo for many asylum seekers in Calais.”

HRW produced a video of some of their interviews, with migrants showing their cut and bruised faces and arms in slings.

But the French police told HRW they were unaware of any accusations of abuse…

They are all illegals, most of them boat people.

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  • Alain

    Bonne nouvelle et bravo.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Human Rights Watch should be investigated and its officers made to answer for its politically correct contradictions.

  • WalterBannon

    the police should have beaten the Marxist criminals from “Human Rights Watch” and then dumped them in mid-channel…

  • Icebow

    The French are far too soft on these bloody nuisances.

    • Frau Katze

      The laws on police behaviour were relaxed before the great influx of “diversity”

      • Icebow

        Or tightened!

  • Raymond Cameron

    Muslims vandalise their own mosques; they can hurt themselves to be seen as victims.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I can’t hear over the sound of HRW screaming that an Arab goat fell in a ditch and broke its leg somewhere near some Jews.

  • lolwut?

    Boo fucking hoo

  • DMB

    Imagine an invading army of people attempting to entry a country and the nation’s security forces are accused of “brutality” for defending its borders by preventing them from entering which is what is happening here. Orwell approves!

  • tom_billesley

    Drivel from HRW. The “limbo” can be swiftly ended by the migrants – all they have to do is claim asylum in France. Of course, they don’t want to do that as they would then be returned to France if they get to Britain.

    • Frau Katze

      I still cannot figure out the mysterious appeal of the UK. It seems to be the #1 most desirable spot.

      • Icebow

        For them, it’s the social security.

        • tom_billesley

          … and the myriad human rights, immigration and extradition lawyers, paid for by free lega; aid (George Clooney’s wife for one).

          • eMan14

            Just ask Anjem Choudary

      • tom_billesley

        I blame Dick Whittington (the cat was innocent)
        He’d often heard stories about a far away place called London where everybody was rich and the streets were paved with gold.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    I can’t stop crying. /sarc

    • Frau Katze

      I know it’s tragic! /sarc

  • Rosenmops

    no one who applies for asylum should be left to live in the street,” said Izza Leghtas

    If Izza Leghtas doesn’t want the invaders living in the street, Izza Leghtas can invite them to live with Izza Leghtas.

    • Frau Katze

      Exactly. These “human rights” people can take in themselves.

  • eMan14

    They can avoid all that if they just stayed home.