Centre Juridique, a group of human rights lawyers working in the Jungle, are demanding that French authorities act against allegations of unprecedented brutality against refugees by both police and local civilian ‘militias’.
The lawyers’ claims are backed by Médicin Sans Frontières whose spokesperson said their medical staff had seen horrific injuries including fractures, stabbings, broken bones, head trauma and severe bruising, some of which have been life threatening. Dr Marlene Malfait, MSF Medical Coordinator at the camp clinic, said injuries are now averaging 12 cases a week. Two thirds are alleged to have been inflicted by police.
Centre Juridique have filed eight complaints of police brutality and five against civilian ‘militia’ with the French judiciary, demanding immediate investigation. Although more than 50 cases have been documented, Ms Humbersot confirmed the cases being brought initially were those with the strongest strong supporting evidence. Victims include a ten year old boy who was subject to police violence and a 13 year old who suffered a broken foot and a broken nose.
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