Surveillance footage reveals shocking treatment of migrant in South Korean detention


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There has been widespread outrage after surveillance footage emerged showing a Moroccan man with his wrists and ankles bound while being held in a tiny cell in a migrant detention centre in South Korea. The man’s lawyer – who has spoken out against the treatment of people being held in immigration detention in South Korea – made the footage public on September 29, though it was filmed several months before, on June 10. 

The security camera footage shows a man writhing on the floor, his wrists and ankles bound behind his back. His head is covered with protective headgear kept on with tape and cable ties. He is one of the hundreds of undocumented people being held in the Hwaseong immigration detention centre, located about 60 kilometres from Seoul. The back of the man’s t-shirt says “protected foreigner” in Korean, a term used for people in the midst of deportation proceedings. 

The man in the video, who has been referred to as “M” in the South Korean media, is a Moroccan national in his 30s who came to South Korea in October 2017. 

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The footage was widely circulated on social media in Morocco. After seeing the footage, the Moroccan embassy in Seoul contacted the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to Moroccan news outlet “Le site info”.  

 

‘This is the first case in Korea where videos and photos from the inside have been exposed’

The footage dates from June, but was only made public on September 29 by South Korean refugee rights groups, who say that the treatment shown in the video amounts to…



Source : france24


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