Monday, 21 November 2011

"Unlawful arrests" for refugee minors

Frankfurt Airport
"Unlawful detention" for refugee minors

Airport Frankfurt hub for travelers Enstation for refugee minors
400 children and young people should have been in the past five years
detained without valid papers at Frankfurt airport. Attorneys and aid
agencies are sounding the alarm.

"This is an illegal detention for children," criticized the lawyer
specializing in refugee law, Ursula Schlung-Muntau, in the
"Frankfurter Rundschau" on Saturday. She claimed that the young
refugees would have to be from social services care and placed in
homes. "I observe a disregard of the particular vulnerability of
minors at all levels, "said the lawyer.

No care, no clothing, no education

So it was particularly dramatic that there is no support in the
refugee camp and no offers for young people. "This is a pure custody.
There was one boy who was sitting there for three months in jail and
no one has talked to him. No one had given him clothes. "Even the
compulsory school attendance does not apply, because the kids were on
formal accommodation in the extraterritorial area.

The organization Pro Asylum, criticized the actions of the authorities
is contrary to the current EU Directive of 2003. Apart from Sweden,
Portugal and Germany, all countries have implemented the directive.
Last year at Frankfurt airport even ten refugees aged under 14 were
detained. The airport procedure and the prison-like building, 587 were
"unsuitable for young people," prosecutor Helmut criticized baker. "I
ask that minors will be allowed entry."

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