Italy: Temporary stay – Permanent rights: The treatment of foreign nationals detained in ‘temporary stay and assistance centres’ (CPTAs)

This report highlights Amnesty International’s concerns about the situation of people, the majority of them irregular migrants but some of them asylum-seekers, detained in ‘temporary stay and assistance’ centres, commonly known as ‘CPTAs’. There have been reports of people in some CPTAs being subjected, among other things, to physical assault ; administration of sedative and tranquillizing drugs; unhygienic living conditions; unsatisfactory medical care; lack of communication with the outside world; difficulties in gaining access to the legal advice etc. Amnesty International itself has sought, but so far been refused access to centres detaining asylum-seekers and unauthorized immigrants in Italy.

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