Human Right violation against refugees by Belgian Police
Monday,11 April 2011 Antwerp Belgium : Belgian Security Police and Belgian government adminisration leaders arrested and humiliated an Ethiopian refugee Shimelis Tsegaye on April 4 when he was sent to Manix place prison out side of Antwerp (Belgium) for interrogation and harassment by 4 security Polices where Shimelis was denied Political refugee status demand . Shmelis Tsegay arrived in Belgium and aske dpoltical asylum in August 2005 here in Belgium. He is Legally stayed in Belgium for 7 years . The Belgian Police should knew and ready to realize according to their law The law works for every body equal.
Ethiopian community leaders asked the police about the arrest of Ethiopian refugee Shimelis but they did not get an immediate answer from the concerned authorities.
On that dayof arrest,arroun 5 oclock 4 Belgian security police officers entered Shimelis's living place and arrested an Ethiopian national refugee shimelis over allegations of , that he was illegal in Belgium , refugee Shimelis was brought to the Belgian prison in Marnix place prison.
The Ethiopian Community leaders claimed that Shimelis is not illegal and not involved in any anti-social activities. This is unjustified arrest and against human Rights..
Ethiopian Community leaders asked the immediate release of Shimelis and asked his well protection . Following the arrest the Ethiopian community leaders, and some other Ethiopian refugees living in Belgium went to the prison to investigate the reason why Shimelis was arrested by the security police. The Ethiopian community leaders are elected Ethiopian immigrants in Belgium and has the responsibility to know the details whenever an Ethiopian immigrant meets with trouble situations.
The Ethiopian Community in Belgium has right to know the reasons for the arrest of Shimelis by concerned authorities. If this kind of arbitrary arrest, and emotional and physical harassment, continues against Ethiopian immigrants and refuggees , how can Ethiopian refugee's survive in Belgium?
Regarding the humiliation by Belgian police officers , We Ethiopian Immigrant sign this i-petition fille and written complains to international Service Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Europe , Human Right watch , Amnesty International and all Ethiopian communities in the diaspora ,EU , Au,UN ,Belgian government and US government.
Besides, we appeal to the international community and Belgian government to protect Ethiopian Immigrants and refuggees from police harassment. We Immigrants and Ethiopian refugees especially appeal through the media for an end to police harassment against Ethiopian refugees in Belgium. We ask immediate release of Shimelis Tsegaye ,ask Belgian government to stop collaborating with dictators ,we love Ethiopia ,we want change in Ethiopia ,we love democracy and we love to be home.