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The Experience of Undocumented Women and Children in Detention Centres in Belgium

Ill-Treatment or Torture?

Nouria Ouali    Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique    

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abstract

The article examines one of the forms of state violence exercised on undocumented migrants in Belgium, in particular on women and children, since the introduction of their confinement in detention centres and their forced deportation in the late 1980s. The article concludes that regarding the norm of the intentionality of migration policies and the detrimental effects on the mental and physical health of children and women migrants, the recognising of these inhuman treatments as typical forms of torture of detention centres and their re-labelling as such would seem more consistent and realistic. The challenge of this re-labelling lies in the need to shift the moral and legal debate to the political one in order to question that form of migrants’ governmentality and policy unworthy of a democracy.

Pubblicato
11 Gennaio 2023
Accettato
03 Maggio 2022
Presentato
25 Aprile 2022
Lingua
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-636-7
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-635-0

Keywords: DeportationTortureUndocumented women and childrenDetention centersBelgium

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