Rights group Amnesty blasts Austria for 'scandalous' treatment of asylum seekers

August 14, 2015 21:23


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Austria's treatment of asylum seekers at a center near Vienna is "scandalous", Amnesty International said on Friday, accusing the country of neglecting homeless and hungry migrants who are flocking in record numbers to western Europe.

As many as 2,000 refugees at an asylum processing center in Traiskirchen, south of the capital, have for weeks had to endure heat of around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and rain storms with only blankets to shelter them as they waited in the open air.

Children who had fled alone from countries like Afghanistan and Syria have been offered no psychological care, women have had to use mixed showers, and a baby with a concussion was left next to a bus on a parking lot, the human rights group said.

"What we found is totally scandalous ... because human rights are being violated there massively for no reason related to resources," Heinz Patzelt, the head of Amnesty Austria, told Reuters after publishing a report on Traiskirchen.

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