ECD_campaign_positionThe Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children was launched during the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2012, to draw attention to the many detrimental effects that immigration detention has on children, and to encourage states to cease the immigration detention of children with respect to their CRC obligations.

It is supported by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and was initiated by the International Detention Coalition, a civil-society network with hundreds of members around the world.

This campaign has now been endorsed by over 100 organisations in more than 40 countries, and continues to grow. Terre des Hommes is one of the core supporters of the campaign and participate actively to the Inter-Agency Working Group to End Child Immigration Detention.


The Campaign has run focus months in five countries: Mexico, Greece, Malaysia, Israel, South Africa and Australia.

Ending Child Immigration Detention is one of the DESTINATION UNKNOWN 10 DEMANDS

Demand 6: States must bring to an end practices that violate the rights of
children on the move based on their migration status, namely detention,
deportation and automatic return to community of origin
Demand 7: Instead States should make a case per case decision, aiming at a
finding a durable solution for the child and respecting the child’s view(…)


More Information on the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children 

A “living library” event is organized by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on April 20 to launch the Campaign in Strasbourg. More info

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