U.N. criticizes Czech detentions, strip-searches of refugees

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Posted: Oct 22, 2015 6:39 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Czech Republic is committing systematic human rights violations by detaining refugees for up to 90 days and strip-searching them for money to pay for their own detention, the U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said on Thursday.

He also said he was alarmed by a xenophobic public discourse, including Islamophobic statements by Czech President Milos Zeman, and concerned about the conditions in detention facilities. Children were also detained, which was unjustifiable, he said.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Dominic Evans)