Articles by Luk Vervaet

Prison activist and writer. Actually preparing a book on the introduction of maximum security prisons in Belgium and Europe, including the practice of solitary confinement. In 2008, Luk started the Belgian Prisoners' Family & Friends Association. (http://familiesfriendsassociation.blogspot.be/ In 2009, with Farida Aarrass he launched the Campaign Free Ali Aarrass (www.freeali.eu ). In 2012 he organised the Committee of the Families of European detainees in Morocco (http://prisonnierseuropeensaumaroc.blogspot.be/). Luk Vervaet is the author of « Le making-of d'Anders B. Breivik » (Egalité=Editions, 2012), « Nizar Trabelsi : Guantanamo chez nous ? (Editions Antidote, 2014). He is co-author of « Kim et Ken, mes enfants disparus » (Editions Luc Pire, 2006), « Condamnés à la prison? Ecrits sur un monde caché » (Revue Contradictions, 2008) et « L'affaire Luk Vervaet : écrits sur un interdit professionnel » (Revue Contradictions, 2011). Contributions : « Etats généraux sur les conditions carcérales en Europe : La condition pénitentiaire, regards belges, français et européens"» (2010, éditions MGER) ; « The violence of incarceration: a response from mainland Europe »(2010, Race & Class) ; « Gevangenissen: spiegel van onze samenleving » (2013, MO Mondiaal Nieuws)


prison Suisse
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Prison et Obsession sécuritaire en Suisse : un aumônier démissionne

Philippe Cosandey, aumônier  : “…j’ai l’impression que l’Etat n’a trouvé qu’une seule réponse: l’ultrasécurisation. Et par conséquent la déshumanisation… La construction de la nouvelle colonie à Orbe est un cas typique. Le projet initial prévoyait deux tiers des 80 places pour des cellules ouvertes. Très rapidement, le rapport s’est inversé. Dans le même sens, les plans…

Greece death in prison
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Police at Nigrita Prison, in northern Greece, beat to death Ilia Kareli, an Albanian inmate held in solitary confinement.

Amnesty Pans Greece’s Treatment of Migrants The murder by police of an Albanian prison inmate highlights a culture of impunity, racism, violence and ill-treatment of migrants in Greece, a new Amnesty International report says… Read article here   Amnesty International : “Greece: A law unto themselves: A culture of abuse and impunity in the Greek…

BAVO project
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Gideon Boie : De gevangenis als oplossing voor internering (BAVO research)

 … Het nieuwe gevangenisdorp Haren lijkt de klok van de geschiedenis terug te draaien. Na eerst bijzondere doelgroepen (landlopers, jongeren, psychiatrische patiënten, etc.) uit het penitentiaire complex te halen, komen binnenkort alle doelgroepen weer samen in één grote verzamelplaats van delinquentie. In het gevangenisdorp gaat iedereen binnen via één grote poort en zijn gedetineerden en…

Rotterdam conference Supermax
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Rotterdam conference 9 October 2014 : Supermax prisons in the Netherlands and abroad

Date: Thursday October 9, 2014 Time: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with drinks afterwards Intended audience: legal scholars, behavioral scientists, practitioners etc. Costs: the conference is free Organization: Erasmus School of Law, Departments of Criminal Law and Criminology, Research Program Monitoring Safety and Security Location: M-building (Forumzaal M3-15), Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, campus Woudestein, Burgemeester Oudlaan…

Human rights watch report cover july 2014
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Human Rights Watch Report 21 July 2014 : Illusion of justice (on extreme isolation endured by terrorism suspects)

“….Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, more than 500 people, or about 40 cases a year, have been prosecuted in federal courts on terrorism charges. As of October, Human Rights Watch said, U.S. prisons held 475 people indicted in connection with or convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses. Of those serving sentences, the report…

Avery Gordon
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Contributing authors

    Luk Vervaet, Prison activist and writer. Co-founder of supermax.be Actually preparing a book on the introduction of maximum security prisons in Belgium and Europe, including the practice of solitary confinement. In 2008, Luk started the Belgian Prisoners’Family &FriendsAssociation (http://familiesfriendsassociation.blogspot.be/). In 2009, with Farida Aarrass he launched the Campaign Free Ali Aarrass (www.freeali.eu )….

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