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Creating a pathway to end child detention
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Filipo Grandi presenting at the opening plenary of the High Level Summit (HLS) of the UN General Assembly

Creating A Global Path to End Child Detention: UN High Level Summit


The IDC is attending the High Level Summit (HLS) of the UN General Assembly to address large movements of refugees and migrants today in New York.  

All 193 United Nations (UN) Member States unanimously adopted a set of political commitments – called the “New York Declaration" - including a commitment to work to end the immigration detention of children.

Despite this significant commitment, the final language of the NY Declaration backslides on existing rights and standards, referring to the detention of children as a “last resort” despite the fact that the world’s leading child rights bodies have clarified that detention is always a child rights violation, and is never in a child’s best interest.
 
It is a reminder that our role as civil society is to remain vigilant on this issue, to pursue the fundamental rights for those who are vulnerable and voiceless in our society.
 
The Human Rights Commissioner issued an open letter on protecting the human rights of migrants and refugees in large movements, which called for the use of alternatives to immigration detention, especially for children.

Alongside the Summit, the IDC is supporting a meeting with States, UN and civil society in a high level roundtable exploring the development of a multi-stakeholder initiative to end child detention.
 
On this important day, we are pleased to present some new resources.
 
These were created by the Inter-Agency Working Group to End Child Detention, an international alliance to support States to end child immigration detention consistent with existing international human rights obligations to protect the best interests of the child. The IDC’s Advocacy Coordinator, Ben Lewis, is the current Chair of the Working Group.
 
This booklet provides an overview of the issue of child detention, exploring why children are on the move, statistics, the impacts of immigration detention of children and solutions to explore.
A summary of normative and policy developments that reflect the growing consensus and acknowledgment from the international community that immigration detention is never in the best interests of a child.
We hope these resources strengthen your advocacy efforts, promoting the use of alternatives to detention which are more affordable, effective and humane.
 
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