Calais, October 31st the hearing the Judge of Liberties and Detention, who controls the legality of detention and can authorize the extention of it. At Coquelles, near Calais, the courtroom is located between the detention centre and the police station at the border police headquarters. On Monday twenty people passed before the judge.

Two Sudanese youth claimed they were minors. For both, the police noted as date of birth January the 1st, 1998 on the minutes. The judge relies on the Police. So prolonged retention.

Another Sudanese man explains that he has started the administrative process in Paris to access the asylum procedure. He came to Calais to go to a reception and orientation centre because it would have allowed him to be housed and to make a faster asylum request, he was arrested during a control at the station. Despite the steps taken to seek asylum, prolonged retention.

A fourth shows the record of his asylum application. He had not been able to send it in time for it to be admissible. Indeed, the file had to be sent in French on Monday after the weekend, and there was no one to help him fill it in. prolonged retention.

For these four, two minors and two asylum seekers, steps have been taken with the Sudanese embassy to enable their deportation to that country.

Others had more luck, four Eritreans who were released because there was no interpreter in their language and so the judge therefore could not rule on the extension of their detention, and an Iranian for obvious procedural flaws (no access to a doctor and a lawyer when he requested them).

The detention of others has been maintained, despite frequent interpreting faults, or lack of notification of peoples rights.

The Coquelles detention centre is full, its capacity has been increased by 20 places. Mainly people of Eritrean and Sudanese nationality are currently locked up there.


the detention centre at Coquelles through its new bars