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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 25 to 29 January 2010

Detention of asylum seekers: the Assembly calls for rules governing minimum standards

[28/01/2010]  The detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Council of Europe member states has increased substantially in recent years. PACE today set down guiding principles on the legality of detention and put forward a number of European rules governing minimum standards for conditions in detention centres which should be guaranteed by member states and adopted by the Committee of Ministers as European rules. Following the proposals by the rapporteur (Ana Catarina Mendonça, Portugal, SOC), the parliamentarians encouraged member States to use alternatives to detention, such as placement in special establishments, release on bail/surety or electronic monitoring.