Netherlands: Two rejected asylum-seekers deported by charter flight

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On Thursday 1 August the Dutch secretary for Justice Fred Teeven ordered the deportation by special charter flight of two people who had their applications for asylum rejected. The two had been imprisoned in the Rotterdam prison for irregular migrants and had been - together with many other refugees - on hunger strike for a long period.

This is the first time that rejected asylum-seekers have been deported from the Netherlands by charter flight. One of the two, Sheik Bah, had been subjected to four prior attempts to deport him, all of which failed and led to him being brought back to the Netherlands. The other deportee is Issa Koulibaly, who had been subjected to one previous failed deportation attempt.

The airplane took the two to Conakry, the capital of Guinea. After arriving there, they were taken to a hospital as they had been on hunger strike for more than 70 days and were in a critical condition. A Dutch judge made transfer to a hospital a precondition for the deportation.

Teeven zet twee hongerstakers uit, NOS, 1 August 2013

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