#MigrantRights Campaign Posted September 20, 2016

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There are over 232 million international migrants in the world today and an estimated 20 percent of migrants are in an irregular situation. One out of every six migrants is under the age of 20. Globally, migrants face a number of serious violations of their fundamental rights.

Based on these findings, a group of non-government organisations, including Terre des Hommes, working in partnership with François Crépeau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, launched a campaign on 19th September to develop a conversation that promotes rights for migrants worldwide.

This campaign urges States to end child detention in run up to International Migrants Day which takes place on December 18.

The campaign will pave the way for a webinar, Ending Child Detention, on December 16, featuring some of the world’s leading experts on migrant rights, including Mr. François Crépeau.

The webinar  will focus on the growing acknowledgement that immigration detention of any child is never in the best interests of the child and constitutes a child rights violation.

In application of the principle of the best interests of the child, unaccompanied or separated children should not, as a general rule, be detained. Detention cannot be justified solely on the basis of the child being unaccompanied or separated, or on their migratory or residence status, or lack thereof” stated the UN committee on the Rights of the Child  who has already called on States to “expeditiously and completely cease the detention of children on the basis of their immigration status”.

The call for an end to the immigration detention of children has also been supported by the Special Rapporteur on torture.

Participants in the action will use the #MigrantRights.

To find out more go to talkmigrantrights.org/

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