Czech Republic - A Czech human rights official said on Tuesday conditions at a local detention centre for refugees, including children, were worse than in jail.
“We are speaking about a former military facility that in many respects offers worse conditions than Czech prisons,” said Anna Sabatova, an independent rights official tasked with monitoring the government, after visiting a refugee centre in the northern village of Bela-Jezova.
“The fact that hundreds of children have passed through this facility runs counter to our idea of the Czech Republic as a civilised country,” she said on her office's website.
Sabatova's office added that the refugees were “debased in front of their children, being transported to the centre in handcuffs and locked behind a four-metre fence with barbed wire.”
“Every evening the foreigners are pulled out of bed by police, who sometimes wear helmets or balaclavas, to be counted. If the children are asleep, the parents must wake them and make them stand up.”