Cyprus Mail

Hunger strike at migrant detention centre

Menoyia detention centre

By Constantinos Psillides

FIFTEEN immigrants are on their sixth day of a hunger strike at the Menoyia Detention Centre, demanding that the state process their cases.
“I have been here for eight months. Others have been here for a year. We just want to get this over with. We want the state to decide what will happen with us,” one of the immigrants told the Cyprus Mail.
Menoyia is used as a detention centre for immigrants pending their deportation or until the Civil Registry and Migration Department process their application for refugee status or granting asylum.
Due to the complexity of these cases, the department is known for long delays in reaching a decision, resulting in long periods of confinement at the Menoyia facility. Riots, protests, hunger strikes and even suicide attempts have taken place at the facility in the past, prompting the interior ministry to work towards speeding up the process.

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