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Switzerland: NPM report on repatriation flights for asylum seekers

last updated Dec 06, 2011

The Swiss National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) has released a report on the special flights for asylum seekers whose asylum request was rejected. The members of the NPM have observed the highly debated issue from October 2010 until July 2011 and have found several areas of concern.

Several asylum seekers said that they had not been informed properly about the conditions of the repatriation flights. The NPM recommends that all asylum seekers with a negative asylum decision should be informed in written and in a language they understand. The commission further recommends that the prison doctor should have a veto on the flight if the repatriation poses a considerable health risk for the asylum seeker.


The Swiss NPM has been established under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture which aims at the prevention of torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment or treatment.


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