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Anne Brasseur to visit a detention centre for irregular migrants

Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a visit on Tuesday 3 March to the detention centre for irregular migrants and asylum seekers of Luxembourg. She will be accompanied by the Chairperson and members of the Luxembourg delegation to PACE. During the visit, the delegation will meet the Director and Deputy Director of the centre.

“Parliamentarians have the responsibility to open up these opaque places where people are detained and to denounce inhumane conditions and abuses,” said Anne Brasseur today, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

The PACE Committee on Migration has produced a guide to encourage parliamentarians to visit places of detention and provide them with the tools necessary to prepare, carry out and follow up on a visit.

A similar visit was organised in France in November 2014, at the detention centre for migrants at Coquelles, near Calais. Ms Brasseur fully supports the Migration Committee’s initiative to organise simultaneous visits to detention centres in the Council of Europe’s 47 member States on 18 December 2015, International Migrants Day.

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Composition of the PACE delegation:
Anne Brasseur, PACE President
Marc Spautz (EPP/CD), Chairperson of the Luxembourg delegation to PACE
Claude Adam (SOC)
Françoise Hetto-Gaash (EPP/CD)