Semira Adamu

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Semira Adamu (1978 – 1998) was a 20 year old asylum seeker from Nigeria who was suffocated to death with a pillow by two Belgian police officers[1] who tried to calm her during their expulsion effort. She first fled Nigeria because of a forced marriage.[2]

On December 12th, 2003, four police were held responsible for this incident in the trial that followed. The Belgian state was ordered to pay compensation to the relatives. [3][4]

Adamu's death sparked a huge debate in Belgium and led to the Etienne Vermeersch report on the practice of expulsion.

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