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Menoyia a recipe for human rights slap

Menoyia migrant detention centre

CYPRUS is on the verge of being slammed for human rights violations when it comes to the Menoyia immigrant detention centre, according to Ombudswoman Eliza Savvidou.
Savvidou appeared before the House Watchdog Committee yesterday, warning MPs that the multitude of problems originating from Menoyia constitute a clear and present danger.
“We have turned the detention centre into a maximum security prison,” said Savvidou, adding that there were reported cases of abuse, housing and feeding issues as well as other human rights violations.
House committee chairman Phidias Sarikas applauded Savvidou for her actions, saying the Committee would examine in detail what was taking place behind the walls of the detention centre. “Treating detainees decently until the time they are deported back to their country of origin is a basic human right,” Sarikas said, adding that the number of complaints seems to be very high.
AKEL MP Aristos Damianou claimed that the rights of immigrants were being violated on a daily basis, leaving Cyprus exposed to sanctions. “The interior ministry has to realise that it’s time to act so that any human rights violations are terminated,” he said.

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