State Department Human Rights report for 2016 published

The most significant problem in Cyprus during 2016 remained trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation and labor; police abuse and their degrading treatment of persons in custody and asylum seekers; and violence against women, including spousal abuse, said the State Departments Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2016 in Cyprus.

The report also said that other problems during the year included: prison overcrowding; lack of separation of pretrial detainees from convicted criminals; prolonged detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in prison-like conditions; deportation of rejected asylum seekers before they had an opportunity to appeal their asylum decision; lack of full access to and administration of some religious sites; government corruption; incidents of violence against children; instances of discrimination and violence against members of mino

Source: Cyprus News Agency