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Report on detention conditions of migrants in Malta

On 25 October 2016 the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published its report on its visit to Malta from 3 to 10 September 2015, together with the response of the Maltese authorities.

Regarding migrants, the CPT noted positively that very few persons were held in immigration detention at the time of the visit. The reduction in the numbers of persons detained represents an opportunity for the Maltese authorities to review the current approach towards immigration detention to ensure that all persons are held in decent conditions.  The CPT recommends, inter alia, that the living conditions at Safi Barracks should be improved, more activities should be offered to those persons detained longer than a few days and that detained persons should be addressed by their names and not by numbers.