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Belgium hunger strike: Why are hundreds of migrants refusing food and water?

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UN special reporter on extreme poverty and human rights Olivier De Schutter said: “The information we are receiving is alarming and several strikers are between life and death.”

Felipe González, special reporter on the human rights of migrants, added: “In order to respond to this emergency situation, the government must immediately confirm that the state of health of the hunger strikers in an obstacle to any expulsion, and that is considering granting a temporary residence permit, allowing the exercise of an economic activity to anyone who applies for regularisation of residence.”

In a letter replying, Mr Mahdi defended Belgium’s right to make political choices regarding the status of non-citizens with no right to reside in the country.

Doctors of the World told local media it feared the hunger strikers risked “sudden cardiac arrest” as they physical condition had deteriorated”, adding that “a death becomes possible at any moment”.



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