Germany: UN committee criticises detention of "thousands"

(Brussels, 25 November 2011) -- The UN Committee Against Torture criticised Germany's detention of "several thousands" of refused asylum seekers in a report released today. 

The detention of refused asylum seekers as well as people still in asylum procedures contravenes the EU Return Directive, said the committee. 

"The Committee is particularly concerned at the lack of procedure, in a number of Länder, for identification of vulnerable asylum-seekers, such as traumatized refugees or unaccompanied minors given the absence of mandatory medical checks on arrival in detention, with the exception of checks on tuberculosis, and of systematic checks for mental illnesses or traumatisation."

"The Committee is further concerned at the lack of adequate accommodation for detained asylum-seekers separate from remand prisoners, especially for women awaiting deportation."

In Germany, migrants can be detained in prison facilities where criminals are held, with no separation between the two.

The UN committee urgers Germany to reduce the detention of asylum seekers and for refused applicants; to separate migrant detainees from prisoners; and to provide better medical and psychological services by trained independent experts. 

 

Read the UN Committee Against Torture report (para.24 focuses on detention)

Read the reaction from JRS Germany and partner NGOs (only in German)