Rights body: UK shouldn’t use Cyprus hangar for detentions

Dhekelia Garrison in Cyprus
Updated 08 December 2017
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Rights body: UK shouldn’t use Cyprus hangar for detentions

NICOSIA, Cyprus: Europe’s top human rights body says a concrete aircraft hangar at a British military base on Cyprus is unsuitable to house people and should never be used for detentions.
The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment said Friday that the hangar at Dhekelia Garrison known as ‘16 Flight’ offers poor conditions for detention and should be permanently struck off from the list of where people can be held.
The Committee expressed concern about reports that young children were also detained there.
Britain said it only detained adults who chose to have their children accompany them. It added it would “consider carefully” the committee’s comments before using such a facility again.
In 2015, protesters were detained at this hangar.


India seizes one ton of ketamine on boat, arrests six Myanmar crew

Updated 22 September 2019

India seizes one ton of ketamine on boat, arrests six Myanmar crew

  • India’s coast guard seized $42 million worth of ketamine

NEW DELHI: India’s coast guard has arrested six Myanmar men and seized $42 million worth of ketamine after spotting a suspicious vessel in the Indian Ocean near the Nicobar Islands.
The 1,160-kilogram drug haul came after coast guard aircraft spotted the boat, which had its lights off, on Wednesday in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the defense ministry said in a statement.
The boat’s crew did not respond to radio calls and the coast guard eventually boarded it, with officials finding “57 gunny bundles of suspicious substance” on Friday.
“Preliminary analysis ... revealed that the suspicious substance was ketamine and there were 1,160 packets of 1kg each onboard the vessel,” the ministry added.
The six Myanmar men and cargo were taken to Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where they were questioned by investigators.
They claimed they left Myanmar on September 14 and were due to rendezvous with another boat “operating near the Thailand-Malaysia maritime border line” on Saturday, the statement said.
The Nicobar Islands are located near Southeast Asia, off Myanmar’s coast.
Parts of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand are in the lawless “Golden Triangle” zone, the world’s second-largest drug-producing region after Latin America.
Large amounts drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine are churned out in remote jungle labs each year and smuggled across Asia and beyond.