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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants to the United Nations Human Rights Council

2013 - Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
The "Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau - Regional study: management of the external borders of the European Union and its impact on the human rights of migrants" was presented at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in May 2013.

The Special Rapporteur dedicated the first full year of his mandate to a study on the management of the external border of the European Union, and its impact on the human rights of migrants. He held consultations with the European Union in Brussels, and carried out visits to countries on both sides of the European Union's external border: Greece, Italy, Tunisia and Turkey. In the countries visited the Special Rapporteur witnessed an almost complete absence of readily implementable wide-scale alternatives to detention, including for children. In particular, in Tunisia, Turkey and Greece, he witnessed the detention of children and families, and the lack of a proper system of guardianship for children. In all countries visited, he observed the detention of persons without prospect of removal, and a quasi-total absence of meaningful alternatives to detention mechanisms. In conclusion, he recommends promoting viable alternatives to detention, and not insisting on further entrenching detention as a migration control mechanism through support for expanded networks of detention centres. Detention should always be a measure of last resort, and children should never be detained.

Available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese, 45 pages.

Source of document : UN
Type of document : UN documents


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