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UN Criticizes Czechs for Detaining, Strip Searching Refugees

  • Czechs holding migrants for as long as 90 days, UNHCR says
  • Refugees subject to strip-searches, made to pay for detention
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The United Nations refugee authority criticized the Czech Republic for detaining migrants on their way to other European countries, saying international law reserves the practice as “a measure of last resort.”

Czech authorities are holding migrants for 40 -- and in some cases 90 -- days, depriving them of their mobile phones and other belongings, strip searching them, and forcing them to pay for their detention, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said the country wasn’t breaking any rules.