Welcome to HRO

Human Rights Observers, a project of L’Auberge des Migrants, is an independent, watchdog which aims to document and denounce the State violence perpetrated against displaced people at the France-UK border.

HRO Human Rights Observers State Violence Calais Grande Synthe Police

Our Mission

Our modus operandi resembles copwatching. We are present as often as possible during police operations and especially during evictions of informal living sites, in order to document these practices. In addition to these observations, the people who live in the camps often report being victims of numerous instances of police violence. 

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Our Mission

Our modus operandi resembles copwatching. We are present as often as possible during police operations and especially during evictions of informal living sites, in order to document these practices. In addition to these observations, the people who live in the camps often report being victims of numerous instances of police violence. In these cases, we are able to provide advice and legal support.

Find out more about our work
HRO Human Rights Observers Our Mission Police Evictions Legal Support

Combined data from Calais and Grande-Synthe in 2021

*collected solely during forced evictions **our data is not exhaustive

1287

evictions of informal living spaces

10121

tents and tarps seized

205

arrests

HRO Human Rights Observers Our Mission Data Calais Grande-Synthe Sleeping Bags Seized

3751

sleeping bags and blankets seized

HRO Human Rights Observers Our Mission Data Calais Grande-Synthe Police Violence

127

instances of violence by police against displaced people

HRO Human Rights Observers Our Mission Data Calais Grande-Synthe Bags Seized

640

bags seized

Combined data from Calais and Grande-Synthe in 2021

*collected solely during forced evictions **our data is not exhaustive

1287

evictions of informal living spaces

10121

tents and tarps seized

205

arrests

HRO Human Rights Observers Our Mission Data Calais Grande-Synthe Sleeping Bags Seized

3751

sleeping bags and blankets seized

HRO Human Rights Observers Our Mission Data Calais Grande-Synthe Police Violence

127

instances of violence by police against displaced people

HRO Human Rights Observers Our Mission Data Calais Grande-Synthe Bags Seized

640

bags seized