UNHCR concern about asylum seekers’ detention period extention

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed its concern that the government has amended a Presidential Decree that extends the administrative detention of asylum seekers to 12 months, instead of the previous three, or six in exceptional cases.

?Detention of asylum seekers should not constitute a generalized practice but an exceptional measure of last resort,? said the agency in a statement on Friday.

The UNHCR added that prolonging the maximum period of detention would not ?contribute to the efficient processing of asylum claims submitted by persons who are in detention.?