My book "Guantanamo chez nous ?" mentioned in English publications.

The Legacy of Iraq
From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State'

Edited by Benjamin Isakhan
"The cancerous nature of torture.

It is vital to examine this issue while taking into account the long-term and widespread impact of torture. Researchers have long known the cancerous nature of torture. It spreads in unforeseeable ways Torture does not cease at geographical borders. Luk Vervaet (2010) argues that the techniques used in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay appear to have also been used in European police stations and US domestic prisons…"

Trapped in the Carceral Net: Race, Gender, and the “War on Terror” * 

Yasmin Jiwani Concordia University, Canada

"Similarly, Luke Vervaet (2010), in his discussion of Belgium and other European prisons, argues that it is Arab men and Roma women that suffer higher rates of incarceration in Europe, and further, that the abuse they are subjected to parallels if not mimics the kind of torture that has been witnessed at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. The rest of the European states, he suggests, are increasingly adopting the US model. He notes, “even if Guantánamo eventually closes, the problem that Guantánamo symbolises—the lawlessness, racism and imperialist mentality of the powerful— remains” (2010: 31)"

Exposed, Vital, Iconic
A Criminological Analysis of the Brussels Attacks

by Edgar Tijhuis

"In an article with the striking title “The Guantánamo-ization of Belgium,” Luk Vervaet describes how the Belgian state drifted away from its liberal base. Both under the influence of the Marc Dutroux scandal, as well as fierce US pressure, a U-turn towards more deterrent policies was made, according to Vervaet. A turning point here was 2003, when the US forced Belgium to get rid of its law of universal jurisdiction (or genocide law)"  

The annihilation of memory and silent suffering: inhibiting outrage at the injustice of torture in the War on Terror in Australia 

Aloysia Brooks 
University of Wollongong,

"Examples of torture techniques used against vulnerable individuals and communities being exported to civilian contexts have already become apparent, including torture techniques used in Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib being exported to European psychiatric institutions and prisons (Vervaet, 2010)".

"Another notable aspect of the campaign has been the emphasis on antiracism as a key analytic framework through which to oppose security certificates. The main demands of the campaign are the abolition of security certificates, an end to all deportations to torture, and an end to the racist scapegoating of Muslim and Arab communities. This stands in contrast to the dominant discourse in the United States to shut down Guantanamo Bay that stresses the exceptional legal nature of the detentions. As scholar Luke Vervaet asserts, “Even if Guantánamo eventually closes, the problem that Guantánamo symbolizes—the lawlessness, racism and imperialist mentality of the powerful—remains.”(22)


See no Evil: Australia’s Involvement in Abu Ghraib

Paper presented on 14th March at the

Iraq Ten years On: Intervention, Occupation and Beyond Conference,
Deakin University, Melbourne 
14th-15th March, 2013

"It is vital to examine this issue whilst taking into account the long-term and wide-spread impacts of torture. Researches have long known the cancerous nature of torture; it spreads in ways we could never possibly imagine. It doesn’t end the day the torture stops. For example, we have seen the exportation of the same techniques used in Abu Ghraib to European police stations, and indeed US prisons (Vervaet, 2010)." 

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