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 who tried to calm her during their expulsion effort. She first fled Nigeria because of a forced marriage.
Adamu's death sparked a huge debate in Belgium and led to the Etienne Vermeersch report on the practice of expulsion. In September 1998 Louis Tobback, the Belgian Interior Minister, resigned after a wave of public protests against Adamu's death.
- "Belgium: Semira Adamu's case an opportunity to further review expulsion procedures". www.amnesty.org.uk.
- "Belgian police tried over asylum death". September 10, 2003 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
- "Statewatch News online: Five police officers on trial over the death of Semira Adamu in 1998". www.statewatch.org.
- Four police officers convicted Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Butler, Katherine (26 September 1998). "Refugee death minister quits". Independent. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
- Interpellation in the Belgian parliament about forced marriage as a reason for granting asylum in light of this case
- Pictures from a commemoration march
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