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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 231
Adopted 3 May 2017

Regulations Regarding Arranging and Equipping the Accommodation Centre for Detained Foreigners and Accommodation Premises for Asylum Seekers

Issued pursuant to
Section 21, Paragraph one of the Asylum Law
and Section 59, Paragraph two of the Immigration Law

1. This Regulation prescribes the requirements for arranging and equipping the accommodation centre for detained foreigners (hereinafter - the Centre) and accommodation premises for asylum seekers (hereinafter - the accommodation premises) of the State Border Guard (hereinafter - the Border Guard).

2. The following shall be arranged in the Centre:

2.1. living premises intended for a foreigner;

2.2. common premises intended for a foreigner;

2.3. ancillary premises and household premises;

2.4. walking area;

2.5. the following specially equipped premises:

2.5.1. a medical isolation ward;

2.5.2. premises for a special guarding regimen (including a room for offenders of internal rules of procedure).

3. The following shall be arranged in the accommodation premises:

3.1. living premises intended for an asylum seeker;

3.2. common premises intended for an asylum seeker;

3.3. ancillary premises and household premises;

3.4. walking area if the accommodation premises are located outside the Centre;

3.5. specially equipped premises for a special guarding regimen (including a room for offenders of internal rules of procedure).

4. Living premises shall be arranged by providing the minimum area of not less than 4 m2 per person. The minimum area of not less than 6 m2 shall be provided for a person with reduced mobility. Persons of different sexes shall be placed in separate living premises, except for the cases where the persons are members of one family. Living premises of the Centre for persons of different sexes shall be arranged in mutually separated blocks. By taking into account the sex, unaccompanied minors shall be accommodated in the premises which are arranged in the premises intended for the accommodation of women or families. In the Centre such premises shall be arranged in the block of premises intended for the accommodation of women or families.

5. The teaching room, the children's playroom, the meeting room, the fitness room, the room for religious rituals, the recreation room, the dining room with kitchen, the laundry room and smoking room shall be common premises. When arranging the Centre and the accommodation premises in the Centre, the children's playroom shall be arranged in the accommodation block of the persons of the relevant category (in the block of premises intended for the accommodation of women or families), the recreation room, the dining room with kitchen, the laundry room and smoking room.

6. Ancillary premises and household premises shall be the premises necessary for the officials and service personnel of the Border Guard, the room for inspection, the room for interviews, the room for taking photographs and dactyloscopy, the treatment room, the internist's room, the psychologist's office, the storeroom for cleaning products, the lavatory, the kitchen for centralised food preparation, the dining room for centralised catering, the storeroom for household goods, the storeroom for food products, the storeroom for the belongings of persons, the storeroom for clean laundry, the storeroom for dirty laundry, the laundry room, the waiting room for visitors and a storeroom for the belongings of visitors, the room for ensuring of the pass regimen.

7. The Centre and the accommodation premises in the Centre shall be arranged and formed as a unified group of buildings. The common premises which are not arranged in the relevant block and ancillary premises with household premises shall be used for ensuring accommodation for both the detained foreigners and asylum seekers. If the accommodation premises are arranged in another unit of the Border Guard, the premises referred to in Paragraphs 5 and 6 of this Regulation shall be arranged in conformity with technical possibilities of a unit of the Border Guard and requirements of laws and regulations in the field of international protection and fundamental rights.

8. In order to ensure staying and walks in fresh air, at least two walking areas shall be arranged in a designated territory of the Centre or the accommodation premises at least in the area of 25 m2.

9. The Centre or the accommodation premises shall be arranged in conformity with the requirements of the Latvian construction standards insofar as it is not in contradiction with the safety requirements of the Centre or the accommodation premises, and the following shall be provided:

9.1. electricity supply:

9.1.1. connection of the security and fire-fighting alarm system, surveillance and telephone system to emergency lighting distribution;

9.1.2. lighting of the territory and fence;

9.1.3. complete equipment for equipotential bonding;

9.1.4. a system for protection against lightning and over-voltage protection for buildings, electrical transmission networks, video surveillance system, low intensity current networks in accordance with the standards for protection against lightning and schemes for electronic communication systems and their protection against lightning;

9.1.5. protection of electric supply of devices with over-voltage arresters (three-stage B, C, D);

9.1.6. backup power supply (diesel generator) with suitable capacity;

9.2. the following electronic communications systems (structured cable systems):

9.2.1. provision with telephone, telefax and computer communications networks (earthing the screens);

9.2.2. computer network with an exchange speed of at least 100 MB/s, and also wireless Internet at certain areas;

9.2.3. installation of telephone and computer network wires in premises by using cable channels;

9.2.4. telephone and computer network shall be established by using shielded twisted pair cable of category 5 or higher;

9.2.5. uninterruptible power supplies shall be intended to be installed at the computer installation points;

9.2.6. switches and network cards of the type similar to at least those produced by 3COM company shall be used for computer network devices;

9.2.7. UPS shall be used for uninterruptible power supplies;

9.3. the following alarm systems:

9.3.1. the territories, common premises of persons, medical isolation ward, rooms for a special guarding regimen, walking area shall be equipped with video cameras which ensure information by digital recording and possibility to transmit the picture by using TCP/IP;

9.3.2. in separate areas and outer doors - encoded keys with tolerance and a list for the use of keys in the computer memory;

9.3.3. automated CCTV digital recording system with a signal Delta compression method and photo printer;

9.3.4. professional fire-fighting alarm system in accordance with the "address" system;

9.3.5. guarding the windows of living and common premises from the outside of the building with movement sensors which are connected to video surveillance devices, and also equipping the windows of living and common premises with early warning system against unauthorised window opening or glass damaging. If any of these guarding systems is not installed, the relevant windows shall be equipped with external grid;

9.4. enhanced protection against lightning and over-voltage:

9.4.1. three-stage electric supply protection;

9.4.2. metal poles on which video cameras are installed shall be earthed and equipped with lightning guards;

9.4.3. protection against penetration of high potential in buildings via underground and surface metal constructions and communications;

9.4.4. over-voltage protection devices which are installed to the devices to be protected as close as possible and connected to equipotential busbars using the shortest way shall be intended for the protection of communications, video surveillance and computer hardware;

9.4.5. the main (input) equipotential busbar, and also separate equipotential busbars, shall be equipped with protection devices (for example, in a server room, guard's room);

9.5. natural and forced ventilation systems in accordance with the standards;

9.6. a centralised air conditioning system which can be controlled separately in each room;

9.7. individual air conditioning devices in certain rooms (for example, server room, guard's room);

9.8. fire-fighting hydrant systems in accordance with the standards;

9.9. fencing the territory of the Centre (3 m high, non-transparent fence made of shock resistant material (for example, concrete, bricks) with barbed wire equipped with movement sensors and video surveillance device which are mutually connected);

9.10. automated gate opening and closing;

9.11. fencing the territory of the walking area (3 m high fence made of shock resistant material with barbed wire equipped with movement sensors and video surveillance device which are mutually connected).

10. When improving the Centre or the accommodation premises the following shall be provided:

10.1. a territory with hard covering (for example, asphalt concrete, pavement) except for a playground for children;

10.2. a separate canopy (gazebo) in the walking area;

10.3. a separate place for playground for children in the walking area for women or families;

10.4. a place for waste containers;

10.5. masts for three flags.

11. Walls and windows of living premises and common premises, as well as of medical isolation ward, shall be from shock resistant materials in order to prevent the possibility for persons to arbitrarily leave the Centre or the accommodation premises, to damage the walls, windows and doors of living premises and common premises, as well as to cause harm to other persons.

12. When arranging rooms for a special guarding regimen (including premises for offenders of internal rules of procedure), it shall be taken into account that the minimum area per one person may not be less than 4 m2 (excluding lavatory), the distance between the walls of a living room shall be at least 2 m, height from floor until ceiling - at least 2.5 m, but windows shall not be smaller than 0.5 x 0.5 m. Walls, windows and doors shall be from shock resistant materials in order to prevent the possibility for persons to arbitrary leave the Centre or the accommodation premises, to damage the walls, windows and doors of the premises, as well as to cause harm to other persons. The windows shall be with bars from the outside.

13. The communications (wires, cables, pipes) of living premises and common premises, medical isolation ward and room for a special guarding regimen (including a room for offenders of internal rules of procedure) shall be located so that persons would not have a possibility to easily access them. Materials which may be easily cleaned and disinfected shall be used for finishing of living and common premises, medical isolation ward, treatment room, internist's room, room for inspection and room for special guarding regimen (including room for offenders of internal rules of procedure).

14. The Centre and the accommodation premises shall be equipped in conformity with Annex to this Regulation.

15. Cabinet Regulation No. 435 of 17 June 2008, Regulations Regarding the Requirements for the Arranging and Equipping of the Accommodation Centre (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2008, No. 96, 2015, No. 134), is repealed.

Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis

Minister for the Interior Rihards Kozlovskis

 

Annex
Cabinet Regulation No. 231
3 May 2017

Equipment of the Centre and the Accommodation Premises

No.

Room

Equipment

1. Living room of persons (including persons with disability) with a lavatory and a shower
    Metal bed with accessories (mattress, blanket, pillow, sheet, pillowcase, blanket cover, terry towel, kitchen linen)1
    Nightstand1
    Table
    Chair1
    Wardrobe (metal)1
    Night lamp1
    Refrigerator
    Bathroom mirror set
    Waste bin
    Toilet roll holder
    Rubber doormat
    Shower stall
    Sink
    Children's bed2
    Children's potty2
    Blinds for each window
2. Common premises intended for persons
2.1. Teaching room
    Tables
    Chairs
    Blackboard
    Shelf-cabinet
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
    Wall clock
2.2. Children's playroom
    Shelf-cabinet
    Children's chairs
    Children's table
    Soft floor covering (carpet) in the entire room
    Toys
    Children's blackboard
    Blinds for each window
    Bench
    Wall bars
2.3. Meeting room
    Table
    Chairs
    Reclining chair
    Wipe holder
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
    Wall clock
    Carpet
    Clothes hanger
2.4. Fitness room
    Weight exercise machines
    Exercise bikes
    Running machine (treadmill)
    Balance bench
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin
    Wall clock
    Specialised carpets
2.5. Room for religious rituals
    Table for magazines
    Bench
    Blinds for each window
    Carpet
2.6. Recreation room
    Table for magazines
    Television (attachable to the wall)
    Reclining chair (couch)
    Carpet
    Waste bin (metal)
    Blinds for each window
    Wall clock
2.7. Dining room with a kitchen
    Electric cooktop with four burners3
    Cooker hood above each cooktop
    Cabinet with separate shelves intended for each foreigner for individual use
    Cooking pot, frying-pan, soup bowl or plate, dinner plate, jug, tablespoon, fork, teaspoon4
    Kitchen table4
    Stool5
    High chair (in women and family block)
    Set of kitchen knives6
    Set of kitchen ladles
    Set of kitchen cutting boards
    Kitchen dresser
    Kitchen wall cupboard
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Wipe holder
    Waste bin
2.8. Laundry room
    Washing machine7
    Tumble dryer7
    Drying rack7
    Blinds for each window
2.9. Smoking room
    Metal bench
    Metal ashtray
    Blinds for each window (if any)
3. Ancillary premises and household premises
3.1. Work premises and ancillary premises of the personnel of the Centre
3.1.1. Work room of the Chief of the Centre
    Computer desk
    Discussion table8
    Set of drawers
    Shelf-cabinet8
    Wardrobe
    Chair8
    Computer set
    Scanner8
    Strongbox
    Laser printer8
    Table lamp
    Office chair
    Clothes hanger
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin
    Wall clock
    Mirror
    Fixed-line telephone
3.1.2. Work room of the Deputy Chief of the Centre
    Computer desk
    Discussion table8
    Set of drawers
    Shelf-cabinet8
    Wardrobe
    Chair8
    Computer set
    Scanner8
    Strongbox
    Laser printer8
    Table lamp
    Office chair
    Clothes hanger
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin
    Wall clock
    Mirror
    Fixed-line telephone
3.1.3. Record-keeping
    Computer desk8
    Set of drawers8
    Office chair8
    Shelf-cabinet8
    Wardrobe
    Chair8
    Computer set
    Scanner8
    Metal cabinet8
    Xerox (copying device)8
    Laser fax machine
    Laser printer (colour)8
    Table lamp8
    Paper shredder8
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin8
    Wall clock
    Mirror
    Fixed-line telephone8
3.1.4. Work room of chief inspectors
    Computer desk8
    Set of drawers8
    Wardrobe8
    Chair8
    Office chair8
    Computer set8
    Metal cabinet8
    Laser printer
    Table lamp8
    Shelf-cabinet8
    Mirror
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin8
    Wall clock
    Fixed-line telephone8
3.1.5. Locker room of the personnel with lavatory and shower
    Wardrobe (metal)8
    Wardrobe bench with a hanger8
    Clothes hanger
    Bathroom mirror set
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Toilet roll holder
    Toilet tissue holder
    Mirror
    Waste bin
    Rubber doormat8
    Blinds for each window
3.1.6. Guard's division
    Office table8
    Set of drawers8
    Office chair8
    Chair8
    Shelf-cabinet8
    Computer set8
    Scanner
    Laser fax machine
    Strongbox8
    Laser printer
    Table lamp8
    Computer desk8
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin
    Air conditioner
    Wall clock
    Blackboard (white), attachable to the wall
    Monitors for security alarms and video surveillance8
    Fixed-line telephone8
    Door phone
3.1.7. Strongbox room
    Metal cabinet for weapons
    Metal cabinet for special means
3.1.8. Recreation room of the personnel
    Recreation corner (set)
    Table for magazines
    Television
    Electric cooktop with four burners
    Cooker hood
    Refrigerator
    Kitchen table
    Chair8
    Kitchen cupboard8
    Kitchen wall cupboard8
    Microwave oven
    Blinds for each window
    Liquid soap dispenser, soap holder
    Wipe holder
    Waste bin
    Wall clock
    Kettle
    Coffee machine
    Drinking water dispenser
3.1.9. Personnel training room
    Chairs8
    Tables8
    Video projector
    Portable computer
    Microphone8
    Amplifier
    Loudspeakers
    Shelf-cabinet
    Screen
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin
    Wall clock
    Interactive whiteboard
    Video conferencing
    Drinking water dispenser
    Air conditioner
3.1.10. Work room of operational employees8
    Computer desk
    Set of drawers
    Wardrobe
    Shelf-cabinet
    Office chair
    Chairs8
    Computer set
    Laser printer8
    Strongbox
    Paper shredder
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
3.2. Room for inspection with lavatory and shower
    Table (with a special surface)
    Clothes hanger
    Chair
    Bathroom mirror set
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Toilet roll holder
    Waste bin
    Rubber doormat
    Shower stall
    Hair cutting machine
    Box for laundry to be disinfected
    Blinds for each window
3.3. Room for interviews
    Table
    Computer set
    Scanner8
    Printer8
    Chairs (three)
    Office chair
    Waste bin
    Wall clock
    Blinds for each window
    Digital voice recorder
    Video camera on the stand
    Videoconferencing device8
    Fixed-line telephone
    Drinking water dispenser
3.4. Room for discussions
    Table
    Chair8
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
3.5. Room for taking photographs, dactyloscopy
    Computer desk
    Set of drawers
    Office chair
    Chairs (three)
    Computer set
    Scanner8
    Printer for making printouts of digital photographs
    Strongbox
    Digital camera (digital single-lens reflex camera)
    Photography lighting lamp
    White screen
    Blinds for each window
    Table
    Table for dactyloscopy
    Daktokar fingerprinting kit (mechanical)
    Waste bin
    AFIS, EURODAC device kits
    Fixed-line telephone
3.6. Treatment room
    Couch
    Medical trolley
    Clothes hanger (stand)
    Chairs (three)
    Medical cabinet
    Screen
    Waste bin with lid
    Refrigerator
    Bactericidal lamp (portable)
    Blinds for each window or window glass with a special cover
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Wipe holder
    Cabinet (metal)
    Quartz lamp
    Table lamp
    Infusion stand
3.7. Internist's consulting room
    Table
    Set of drawers
    Office chair
    Chair
    Wardrobe
    Waste bin with lid
    Screen
    Blinds for each window or window glass with a special cover
    Ambu bag
    Couch
    Medical cabinet
    Table lamp
    Shelf-cabinet
    Wall clock
    Fan
    Stretcher
    Wheelchair (two)
    Crutches (two pairs)
    Air splint for an arm and a leg (two for an arm and two for a leg)
    Neck bandage (two)
    Filing cabinet
    Quartz lamp
    Medical trolley
    Cabinet (metal)
    Mirror
    Phonendoscope
    Device for indirect measurement of arterial blood pressure
    Medical thermometer
    Tongue depressors
    Height measurer for adults and children
    Medical scales (adults)
    Medical scales (children)
    Measuring tape
    Peak flow meter
    Reflex hammer
    Diagnostic testing strips for urine analysis tests (if there are no medical laboratory services available to the institution)
    Glucose meter with diagnostic test strips for the determination of blood glucose level (if there are no medical laboratory services available to the institution)
    Electrocardiograph (if an electrocardiography room is not available to the institution)
    Fixed-line telephone
    Drinking water dispenser
3.8. Psychologist's office
    Computer desk
    Recreation corner
    Printer8
    Wardrobe
    Office chair
    Chair
    Set of drawers
    Table lamp
    Computer set
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
    Shelf-cabinet
    Wall clock
    Drinking water dispenser
3.9. Storeroom for cleaning products
    Wardrobe (metal)
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Wipe holder
    Mirror
    Vacuum cleaner
    Cleaning products
    Metal shelf
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin
    Sink (low)
3.10. Lavatory
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Wipe holder
    Toilet roll holder
    Waste bin
3.11. Kitchen for centralised cooking
    Electrical cooker (professional)4
    Cooker hood above the cooker9
    Refrigerator9
    Kitchen table9
    Chair8
    Kitchen wall cupboard9
    Kitchen cupboard9
    Kitchen accessories for cooking and serving4
    Waste bin
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Paper towel holder
    Wipe holder
    Hot food distribution display
    Dishwasher (professional)
    Blinds for each window
3.12. Dining room for centralised catering
    Tables4
    Chairs4
    High chair (two pieces)
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Paper towel holder
    Blinds for each window
3.13. Storeroom for household products8
    Metal shelf8
    Table8
    Chair8
    Metal cabinet8
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
3.14. Storeroom of food products9
    Metal shelf with wooden boxes
    Table
    Chair
    Table with metal surface
    Scales - from 1 g to 3 kg
    Scales - up to 5 kg
    Scales - up to 100 kg
    Refrigerator
    Freezer unit
    Waste bin
    Liquid soap, soap holder
    Wipe holder
    Blinds for each window
    Sinks
3.15. Storeroom for the belongings of a person
    Metal shelf4
    Wardrobe (metal)4
    Table
    Chair
    Blinds for each window
    Waste bin
3.16. Storeroom for clean laundry
    Metal shelf (that can be opened and closed)4
    Table
    Chair
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
3.17. Storeroom for dirty laundry
    Metal shelf (that can be opened and closed)4
    Table
    Chair
    Laundry box (closed)4
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
3.18. Laundry room
    Professional washing machine
    Professional tumble dryer
    Professional ironing appliance
    Laundry disinfection chamber
    Table
    Chair
    Waste bin
    Blinds for each window
    Liquid soap dispenser, disinfectant holder
    Wipe holder
    Sink
3.19. Waiting room for visitors
    Table for magazines
    Chair
    Clothes hanger
    Recreation corner (set)
    Blinds for each window
    Mirror
    Waste bin
    Wall clock
3.20. Room for storage of belongings of visitors
    Lockers with shelves than can be individually locked
3.21. Room for ensuring of the pass regimen
    Walk through metal detector
    Portable metal detector
3.22. Server room
    Servers
    Air conditioner
4. Specially equipped premises
4.1. Medical isolation ward with lavatory and shower (including for persons with disability8)
    Clothes hanger (stand)
    Bathroom mirror set
    Liquid soap dispenser holder
    Toilet roll holder
    Wipe holder
    Metal bed with a mattress which has cover of waterproof material1
    Pillow with cover of waterproof material1
    Nightstand1
    Stool1
    Blinds for each window
    Rubber doormat
    Wall clock
    Waste bin with lid
    Shower stall
    Sink
    Door phone
4.2. Room for a special guarding regimen (including a room for offenders of internal rules of procedure) with a lavatory
    Metal bed with a mattress (attached to the floor)
    Nightstand (attached to the floor)
    Table (attached to the floor)
    Chair (attached to the floor)
    Toilet roll holder
    Waste bin (attached to the floor)
    Door phone
5. Walking area
5.1. Walking area
    Benches
    Metal waste bins
    Canopy (gazebo)
    Basketball hoop with a backboard
5.2. Children's playground10
    Equipment set for the children's playground (for example, coverable sand box, climbing frames and other equipment)

Notes.

1 Equipment intended for each person.

2 A room shall be equipped in which a child up to four years of age (including) is living.

3 Shall be equipped so as one cooker burner is per two adult persons.

4 Quantity depends on the maximum number of persons intended.

5 One per two persons.

6 Is issued upon request.

7 One per 10 persons.

8 Quantity and placement shall be determined by the State Border Guard (including determining the number and placement of lavatories and showers for persons with disability in the living premises of persons referred to in Paragraph 1 of this Annex).

9 Quantity and equipment specifics depend on the sanitary requirements.

10 Shall be established separately or in a walking area intended for women, families.

Minister for the Interior Rihards Kozlovskis


Translation © 2019 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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