Thursday, October 22, 2015

"U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein accused the Czech Republic on Thursday of committing systematic human rights violations by detaining refugees for up to 90 days and strip-searching them for money to pay for their own detention.

Human rights violations "appear to be an integral part of a policy by the Czech Government designed to deter migrants and refugees from entering the country or staying there,” he said in a statement.

He also expressed alarm that the detention policy was accompanied by increasingly xenophobic public statements, including "Islamophobic" statements by President Miloš Zeman and a public petition “Against Immigration” launched by former President Václav Klaus.

Zeman rejected the criticism and his spokesman said: "The president has long warned of the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. He stands by his opinion and he will not change it under pressure from abroad.""
[Yahoo News]

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