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France [EN, FR] Visit at the Administrative Detention Centre of the Mesnil-Amelot by the MEP Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy

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Article posted the 2015/01/23

[EN] January 22 2015 – Visit at the Administrative Detention Centre of the Mesnil-Amelot n°2 by Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy, MEP, French Socialist party.

Here are some extracts from the article published by Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy on her website, after the visit:

“From the outside, the centre looks like a new and securized establishment. Large railings and bars compose the enclosure’s walls. Security cameras mark the courtyard and the different corridors. Each passage from a corridor to another is done under the authorization and the authority of a policeman.”

She continues: “I have noticed the absence of a interpreting service really independent from the penitential administration during the inmates’ arrival, to inform them of their rights and accompany them toward the return to their country of origin.”

Passing in front of the visits’ rooms, the MEP notices: “These visits are rare, because the center is badly served by the public transportation. These places are used to the interviews between the inmates and the lawyers, even if they don’t have the appropriate equipment (computer, fax, etc.)”.

On the occasion of her visit of the centre, Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy made alarming assessments on the rooms and the sanitary facilities’ condition: “The living spaceshave only the bare minimum, and are neither comfortable nor friendly. There are only metal benches to sit down on, and no other furniture. To make the place more comfortable, some inmates put their mattress on the floor to watch television, which is not respectful of hygiene conditions.

The visit of the sanitary facilities is worrying. They are in a bad state. A defect on the ceilings requires urgent renovation, due to an inappropriate paint and a defective ventilation.”

In attachment a summary of the MEP’s article (in French).

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Date(s) of publication: 23/01/2015