United Nations accuses the Czech Republic of strip-searching refugees

On Thursday,the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein accused the Czech Republic of committing systematic human rights violations by detaining refugees for up to ninety days and strip-searching them for money in order for them to pay their own detention fees.

 

In a statement released by al-Hussein he said that 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”.

 

The Czech government argues that it’s detentions are legal and that they are working to improve conditions for refugees.

 

The Interior Minister, Milan Chovanec told reporters that they do not believe that they have violated any international treaties but anticipated a report from the United Nations that would help to define what criticism they have against the country.

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