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Austrian group accuses Slovakia of torture

THE ASYLUM in Need, an Austrian committee supporting persecuted foreigners, on March 10 accused Slovakia of torture and mistreatment of refugees.

Bernard Priecel, the head of the Slovak Migration Office, denied the allegations.

"This isn't true. For me it's more important how official organizations evaluate the work of the Migration Office, not what [allegations] somebody dreams up," Priecel told the TASR news agency on March 10.

According to a report by Asylum in Need, refugees in Slovakia have been beaten and humiliated.

Based on statements by refugees, the report claims that refugee camps in Slovakia are dirty, with almost no medical care.

Asylum in Need was especially critical of the fact that Slovakia was listed as among the safe countries within the Dublin Agreement that unites the EU25 and Norway and Iceland. The agreement is used as a basic tool of migration management.

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