Treatment of immigrants at Paris airport appalling
Foreigners arriving at Paris's main airport without the correct documents are at a risk of police brutality and human rights violations.PARIS – Foreigners arriving at Paris's main airport without the necessary visa risk police brutality and having their basic rights trampled on, a report by an immigrant support group said Sunday.
"The non-respect of fundamental rights is seen every day" in the holding area in Roissy/Charles de Gaulle airport, said the annual report by the National Association for Border Assistance for Foreigners (ANAFE).
ANAFE's staff working in the area were regularly confronted with "ill people who do not receive adequate treatment, people subjected to police violence, families split up, minors left on their own to mingle with adults," it said.
Children aged 13 and older were not held separately from adults, which was in violation of the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child, said the report, titled "Inhumanity in the Holding Area."
The border police, contacted Sunday by AFP, declined to respond to the report.
Every year around 15,000 people are placed in the holding area at Roissy, and that their average stay there is three days, said ANAFE.
Those placed there were hoping to request asylum in France, had tried to enter the country illegally, had the wrong or no visa, or were simply stuck in Paris because their airline transit plan had gone wrong.
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