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From the Open Access first report :
Croatia – Visit to the Jezevo detention centre (Prohvatni centar z astrance Jezevo)
The 16th of March 2012
Composition of the delegation: the Centre of Peace Studies (organisation) and Tamara Opacic (H- Alter, independent web journal)
In Croatia, the Centre of Peace Studies (CPS) carries out two visits per year to the administrative detention centre of Jezevo. Access to the centre does not in and of itself pose any issues, both for civil society organisations as for journalists. As part of the Open Access campaign, four members of the CPS and a journalist from H Alter requested a visit to the centre. Filed on the 15th of March, their request was granted the very next day.
At the time of their visit, 43 ‘irregular’ migrants and asylum-seekers were detained there, including five women. Even though there were no minors amongst them, it is to be noted that a mechanism specifically designed for the detention of minors is being put together within the centre.
The centre employs only two social workers and no psychological or social assistance is given to the detainees.
The delegation was able to conduct interviews with several migrants. Although some of them claimed to be satisfied with the conditions of their detention, others had recently undergone a hunger strike. The latter group, composed of asylum-seekers, had demanded a transfer to the centre for asylum-seekers. The director of the centre confirmed that the hunger-strikers had received daily medical consultations, and that no medical report had so far indicated the need to accord any special treatment, insofar as none amongst them was found to suffer from any particular symptoms.
The detainees have access to a juridical assistant free of charge and have the option of consulting with a lawyer from a Croatian NGO. Further, the CPS has not come across or heard of any particular cases of violence over the past five years.
The preoccupation of those who defend the rights of migrants does not so much concern the conditions of detention but rather the legislative framework that encompasses detention. In its
transposition of European directives, the Croatian legislation gave broad authorisation for recourse to the internment of foreigners. Migrants can be detained for up to one year, in the absence