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Czech Watchdog: Conditions In Refugee Detention Facility Violate Human Rights

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 13/10/2015 Chloe Angyal
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GENEVA (AP) - The Czech Republic's ombudsman is condemning conditions in a detention facility for asylum-seekers, saying they violate the U.N.'s Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Anna Sabatova says the children detained with their parents in the Bela-Jezova center north of Prague have to stay in worse conditions than prisoners.

She says that their detention in such a facility "defies our view of the Czech Republic as a civilized country."

Sabatova complained Tuesday that children are traumatized by the conditions without any reason.

"The people didn't commit any crime. They were not convicted of anything. Still, they have to suffer," she said.

The Czechs routinely detain all migrants without proper documents for several weeks, a practice repeatedly criticized by rights organizations.

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