Lithuanian authorities have detained thousands of migrants and refugees in militarised centres, where they are subjected to inhumane conditions and torture.
For long months, refugees and migrants have been held on end in squalid, prison-like centres in Lithuania, where they are denied access to fair asylum procedures and subjected to other serious human rights violations.
Dozens of people from countries including Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria and Sri Lanka reported being beaten, insulted and subjected to racially-motivated intimidation and harassment by guards in the heavily securitized detention centres, where there is insufficient access to sanitary facilities and healthcare.
This treatment is in stark contrast to the welcome that refugees from Ukraine receive.
Non-Ukrainian refugees are denied access to fair asylum procedures and subjected to other serious human rights violations in the hope that they will ‘voluntarily’ return to the countries they fled from.
Therefore, we stress that every person seeking protection should be treated equally and with respect and that all the people in these detention centres must be immediately released and granted access to fair asylum procedures.