• Hundreds detained every year in prison-like conditions
• People who have committed no crime are routinely held for up to18 months or longer
• Asylum-seekers, including Syrian refugees, are among those detained
• Two women were forcibly separated from their pre-school aged children
Cypriot immigration authorities routinely detain hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers in prison-like conditions for extended periods while awaiting deportation, said Amnesty International. Those detained include Syrian refugees and women separated from their young children.
Evidence gathered by researchers during a recent visit to Cyprus indicates that the authorities are exploiting European Union (EU) laws – imposing automatic detention of migrants and asylum-seekers without implementing the required safeguards, which make detention a last resort. The practice is also a breach of international law.