Update: 05.05.2014

International feedback: conditions of detention for asylum seekers

In the following we have chosen some citations on the subject. At the end of each original citation you can find the source with a link to the complete text of the citation.

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

«Provide access for all asylum and repatriation detainees to attorneys, as well as consular notification and access consistent with applicable international legal obligations, including Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to detained foreign nationals (United States);»

Committee against Torture CAT

«Take measures to effectively inform all asylum-seekers retained at airports of all their rights, and in particular the right to regularly access fresh air and access to a doctor.»

European Commission for the Prevention of Torture CPT

The CPT calls on the federal and cantonal authorities to take immediate measures to bring about that: all INAD-Passengers and asylumseekers will have medical examinations carried out on their arrival in the transit area. The examination may be carried out by a doctor or a qualified nurse which will report to the doctor. The INAD-Centre and the accomodation facilities for asylum seekers should regularly visited by a nurse. (Own translation)


The CPT recommends that INAD-Passengers and asylum seekers who stay for a longer period of time in the transit zone may spend at least 1 hour per day outdoors. Appropriate measures should be taken to amply inform the foreigners concerned of this possibility. (Own translation)

European Human Rights Commissioner

«Asylum procedure at airports: make sure there are no cases of refoulement or return on arrival; stop using private services to control or interview passengers; issue no non-admission "INAD" order unless a witness has confirmed that the person concerned does not wish to apply for asylum; extend the 24-hour time limit for applying for suspension of the decision to deport following rejection of an asylum application, and continue to involve the UNHCR in asylum procedure at airports, unless that procedure is modified to include systematic assistance and adequate time limits.»

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance ECRI

«ECRI recommends that the Swiss authorities closely monitor the use of detention with respect to asylum seekers and other persons awaiting deportation, and considers that the establishment of a control body responsible for overseeing detention centres at the federal level would be most opportune, coupled with increased possibilities for respesentatives of the non-govermental sector to monitor detention decisions. ECRI considers that detention should be resorted to as infrequently as possible and that length of stays in the facilities should be kept to the strict minimum, with frequent judicial control. ECRI also recommends that staff working in the detention centres be given specific training in the field of racism and discrimination.»

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