Defence for Children International delivered a statement on the Item 3 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants in the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the 24 June 2022. For this interactive dialogue, DCI delivered a written statement on behalf of the NGO Panel on Children Deprived of Liberty. In the statement, DCI urged on member states to:
- To provide comprehensive procedural safeguards for all children in decision making affecting them, including in any screening, border, asylum, anti-trafficking and return instruments.
And to comply with:
- Recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, to “release all children […] from immigration detention and place them in appropriate alternative care and non-custodial reception facilities that promote and respect human rights”.
- And; to implement the recommendations of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, which establishes that migration related detention is never in the best interest of
the child and cannot be justified.
Read the full statement here.