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Director’s Report: June 2019

On the Ground in Libya: Implementing Alternatives to Detention   Written by Jerome Phelps Executive Director, International Detention Coalition (IDC) [...]

Africa is Leading the Way

Significant Changes in Refugee Policies Regarding Integration and Enjoyment of Rights   Written by Tiffany Shakespeare Africa Programme Officer, International [...]

IMPORTANT: Call for Inputs on Immigration Detention

  WHAT: The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families has [...]

Adopting Alternatives: An Opportunity for Africa

A key forum in Africa highlights a significant opportunity in Africa.
The IDC, invited by the Africa Commission for Human

Our Work in MENA: A Year in Review

North African alternatives to detention collected in new report: “There Are Alternatives: Africa”
There Are Alternatives: Africa describes examples of

ACHPR Panel Discussion: Preventing Torture in Africa

In October, 2018, the IDC will be attending the 63rd Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

Zambia Highlighted as Positive Practice in the NextGen Index Global Launch

The new Global NextGen Index ranks how 20 countries treat their migrant children, holding governments accountable to their obligations and

NextGen Index Launched at Southern Africa Civil Society Forum


Alternatives to detention were highlighted at the 14th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum which took place in 

Seeking Suggestions for IDC MENA Study Visit

Between now and end of year, the IDC is hoping to capture some of the learning about how Middle East and North Africa [...]

Statement by Refugee Consortium of Kenya for ACHPR

Statement by Mr. Imaana Fredrick Koome, Program Officer-Advocacy & Policy Development Programme, Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK) during the 62ndOrdinary

Publication Launch on Alternatives to Detention in Africa

The IDC Africa team launched its latest publication at a side event of the 62nd Ordinary Session of the African

Successful alternative in Zambia

A successful alternative to detention has been highlighted in Zambia.
The alternative is a Lusaka-based transit centre is run

There are alternatives: New report on Africa

New report coming soon 
IDC members and partners in Africa have recognised the importance of information sharing to successfully manage migration

Report launch alongside ACHPR

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) invites you to the launch of our new report and panel discussion on “Alternatives to the

Coming Soon: New Research on Alternatives in Africa

“Alternatives to Immigration Detention in Africa” will be launched alongside the 62nd session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in late April 2018.

Work Rights Boost African Economies

There is a wealth of evidence that suggests granting the right to work to asylum seekers and refugees boosts the

Unlawful Detention: An Expensive Mistake for Governments

A woman in South Africa has been awarded R180,000 in damages – USD $15,500 – after being detained  local police in

Support for Refugees On the Rise in Africa

Many African countries have scored well in the Good Country Index, thanks to their progressive refugee policies.
Introduced in 2014

Acknowledging the Honourable Med Kaggwa

The International Detention Coalition acknowledges the significant contributions the Honourable Med Kaggwa has made towards furthering the rights and protections of refugees in Africa.

Partners in Libya Advocate for Alternatives to Detention

The International Detention Coalition in partnership with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Danish Refugee Council held a two-day [...]

There are alternatives in Africa

This report provides an overview of alternatives to immigration detention in Africa. Drawing from examples in 32 African countries, the [...]

Future Focus Needed

As the Africa-Europe 'mini-summit' on migration drew to a conclusion in Paris this month, it became clear that while all [...]

Workshop: Stateless Persons in the South African Development Community

A workshop addressing the vulnerability of stateless persons in the South African Development Community (SADC) was held at the 13th [...]

Refugee Act Under Review in Kenya

Refugee Camp in Kenya. Photo: RCK The Kenyan Refugees Act of 2006 is currently under review, as part of the [...]

IDC and Partners Continue to Promote Alternatives to Detention in Libya

For some time now, IDC has been working with partners in Libya to promote alternatives to detention.   This has [...]

UN Experts Seek Submissions on the Human Rights of Migrant Children

This is reposted from OHCHR, please find the original post here
CMW-CRC Joint General Comment on the Human Rights of

Promoting Alternatives to Detention in Southern Africa

IDC Members at the Alternatives to Detention Implementers Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, May 2017 Significant steps to further develop alternatives to detention [...]

IDC Report Launch on Alternatives in Africa

Date: Time: Venue: Friday, 28th April 2017 11.00 – 13.00 Constitution Hill, Human Rights Conference Room, The Old Fort, 11 Kotze [...]

Save the Date : IDC Annual Member Meeting June 16

Members at the IDC Annual Member Meeting 2016
Our annual member meeting will be held at the International Conference

Urgent Need to Maintain Alternatives to Detention in Uganda

Despite evidence of a positive impact on economic development in Uganda, alternatives to detention urgently need funding to continue supporting thousands of people seeking asylum.

IDC Southern Africa Visit Promotes Alternatives

IDC Members at the Member Meeting in Africa, 2015, Nairobi A delegation of IDC Staff will be visiting South Africa, [...]

UNHCR Issue Brief clarifies position on ending child immigration detention

The IDC welcomes this update on UNHCR’s position on the detention of children in the context of immigration. As a

How to Get Involved In the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

Around the world, an unknown number of children are deprived of their liberty every year. Such detention often occurs in [...]

IDC Africa Mapping Report Coming Soon!

The IDC is very pleased to announce that our “African Alternatives to Immigration Detention Mapping” report will be published in early

Significant Regional Commitment to Implement Alternatives to Detention

Fifteen States across Africa committed to developing and implementing alternatives to detention for migrants, including children, at the 2016 Migration for Southern Africa Dialogue

IDC participating in 2016 MIDSA

In addition to regional work in Africa, the IDC strongly supports the sub-regional initiative, the Migration Dialogue for Southern

Do you know about alternatives to detention in North Africa?

The IDC is proud to announce that our exciting new study on North Africa, in collaboration with MHub and

Malawi Immigration Law Audit Calls for an End to Child Detention

The Malawi Immigration Law Audit highlights why children who have fled their home countries should not be in held in

IDC ATD Workshop for Regional Advisors – June 2016 London, UK

On 19 and 20 June 2016, the IDC ran its first ever alternatives to detention workshop designed specifically

2016 IDC Annual Member Meeting

IDC members from around the world attended our 2016 Annual Member Meeting this year, held on June 14th in Geneva. The

Alternatives to Detention, Political Will & Trade Impacts: UN Expert on Migrants

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. François Crépeau has highlighted the cross cutting issue of

Children Surviving Conflict: Focus of the Day of the African Child

June 16 is the Day of the African Child, and this year’s theme is one that is particularly relevant

IDC Now Has Observer Status at the ACHPR

The IDC is proud to announce that we have been granted observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’

Welcome to New Members of Our Advisory Committee

We are proud to welcome nine new members to the IDC’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) across the Africa, the Middle East,

58th Session of the ACHPR and IDC Regional Advisor Vacancies

It is another busy month for IDC Africa members and staff alike.  The 58th Session of the African Commission on

UN Migrant Rights Expert to Visit Angola

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. François Crépeau, will undertake a country visit to

Regional Advisor Positions Now Open in Africa and Middle East

The IDC is now seeking for nominations for Regional Advisors across four areas:  The Gulf States North Africa West Africa Central [...]

Supporting government ministries to implement alternatives in Southern Africa

The IDC is happy to have been invited to continue working in collaboration with sub-regionally focused International Agencies, including the

The Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) Follow Up: IDC’s Sub-Regional Work

In addition to Regional work in Africa, the IDC continues to support agencies and governments at the sub-regional level.  Throughout

AFRICA November News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Africa Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live updates,

Moving Child Rights Forward: 25 Years of ACERWC

In November, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) held their 26th Session

Africa Regional Launch of There Are Alternatives: Revised Edition

This month the IDC was proud to host the Africa Launch of our research publication “There Are Alternatives, Revised Edition,

Africa Launch of There Are Alternatives 2nd Edition: 57th Session of the Africa Commission on Human and People’s Rights

IDC Africa Members and supporters will join together in Banjul, the Gambia on the 5th of November to highlight the

Africa September-October News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Africa Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live updates, follow

Africa August News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Africa Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live updates, follow

Advocating for Alternatives to Arbitrary Detention in Africa

A panel on detention is planned the 57th Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, coming up in

Africa July News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Africa Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live updates, follow

Trafficking Victims at High Risk of Detention

Written by Sophie Otiende.
A few weeks ago we were called by a group of grassroots activists that we work

Detention a Focus on the Africa Day of the Child

IDC Members and supporters of the Global Campaign to End Child Detention across Africa participated in a regional social media strategy

Xeno-Opportunity? An IDC Analysis

IDC members are privileged to travel widely across the regions in which our members operate. Discussions we have engaged in, about immigration

June News Roundup

Regional: June 17 marked the Day of the African Child and the 25th Anniversary of the African Charter on the Rights and

Child Detention on the African Children’s Charter Agenda

The IDC was present at the 25th Session of the Africa Union Treaty body on monitoring the African Children’s Charter.

Africa Regional Meeting

IDC conducted its annual Africa Regional Workshop from the 29th – 30th of April in Nairobi, Kenya.
Building on the

Africa April Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Africa Regional Coordinator if the International Detention Coalition. For live updates,

Protection of Children on the Move in Africa

This month, the IDC has been privileged to participate in the regional conference on Protection of Children on The Move

Africa March Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Africa Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live updates, follow @IDCAfrica

Building Momentum in Africa

It is a busy month for Human Rights organisations involved with immigration detention work in Africa.
IDC members will be

UNHCR Preparing 2nd Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention

GENEVA (8 April 2015) – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is busy preparing the

Africa February Roundup

Regional: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission moves towards Biometric Identity Cards. The goal is improved migration data

Preventing Practices that lead to Detention of Children

Recently the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Méndez, has found that the immigration detention of children is not only

January News Roundup

These links are a compilation of tweets by the IDC Regional Coordinator in Africa.
Follow here for live updates.

Detention a first resort for governments grappling with irregular migration

Across Africa governments have started the year grappling with how to respond to irregular migration.Actions have varied, but the use

Registration Opening Soon for UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs

GENEVA (17 February) – Every year over 300 representatives from around the world attend UNHCR’s Annual Consultations with NGOs in

Africa News Roundup October November

These links are a compilation of tweets by the IDC Regional Coordinator in Africa. Follow here for live updates. Regional [...]

IDC Members in Africa campaign to end child detention

No child should be detained: Uganda 20 November 2014 IDC members in Africa got behind the International Day of Action [...]

Taking Action to End Child Detention and Protect Human Rights

  Ending the detention of children is on the agenda for IDC      members across Africa. IDC members in

CRC 25th Anniversary

GENEVA (6 October 2014) – This year marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights

Detention News Roundup September – Africa

The numbers of deaths while migrating from Africa to Europe continue to increase.
In South Africa, plans were announced to deport

Taking action to end child detention in Africa

In July when IDC Africa members met in Kampala, Uganda, there was much discussion about the issue of children being

Africa News Round Up July / August

Positive news in South Africa this month as The Human Rights Commission announced it will work with the state to address how [...]

Detención de niños, niñas y adolescentes: Una nueva alianza internacional

GINEBRA (2 Septiembre 2014) –
In English
Se crea el Grupo de Trabajo Interinstitucional para la Erradicación de la Detención de Niños, Niñas y

Child detention: a new international alliance

GENEVA (2 September 2014) –
En Español
The impact of immigration detention on refugee, asylum seeker and migrant children

IDC Africa members collaborating to end and prevent unnecessary immigration detention

The annual IDC Africa Workshop took place in Kampala this year, with 30 people from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and

Statelessness and detention in South Africa

Today in South Africa we see a case in the courts highlighting how being statelessness puts a person at increased risk of immigration detention – over and over again.

Significant changes in South Africa

New immigration laws have come into effect in South Africa, which immigration lawyers say they will litigate against, on the basis that it is now impossible to apply for several categories of visas.

Africa Regional Workshop 2014 – July 30 & 31, 2014

IDC will co-host the 2014 Africa member workshop with Ugandan member, the Refugee Law Project, from July 30-31 in Kampala,

Kenya challenges new refugee directive


Kenya – RCK focus on the link between human trafficking & immigration detention

Long term IDC members Refugee Consortium of Kenya are this year continuing their work on immigration detention. Amongst a number of other activities, this year one key focus is on the link between human trafficking and immigration detention with the aim to protect migrants and reduce risk of detention across the East African region.

Major concern for LGBTI individuals in Uganda and the broader region

In February Uganda passed the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Act, under which anyone convicted of homosexual acts could face life imprisonment. The

Migration, criminalisation and language

The articles on immigration detention in Africa this month highlight the extent to which migration is criminalised across the region. 

Civil Society and government collaboration: Screening places of immigration detention in Tanzania

The September 2013 IDC Africa regional workshop highlighted the importance of screening and assessment to prevent unnecessary immigration detention.

Kenya: asylum seekers and refugees face arbitrary detention

Civil society and human rights groups globally have denounced the move of the Government of Kenya to force urban

Third Africa Regional Workshop

The third Africa regional IDC workshop was held September 25 – 26 in Johannesburg, in partnership with IDC members Lawyers

Third Africa regional workshop

The third Africa regional IDC workshop was held September 25 – 26 in Johannesburg, in partnership with IDC members Lawyers

IDC Africa Workshop: September 2013

Migration management in Africa is often considered complex by large scale mixed migration movements of people, with groups and individuals

IDC Africa members attend UNHCR NGO Consultations

IDC Africa members from Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa were in attendance at the UNHCR NGO Consultations.

Africa Regional Detention News: Civil society in Botswana come together to explore and discuss alternatives to immigration detention

This month, the IDC met with members in both Botswana and South Africa. In Botswana, IDC member Duma Boko

MENA Regional News: Concern that approximately 25 Eritrean asylum seekers in Israeli prison might face imminent deportation to Uganda or Eritrea

The threat of indefinite or long term detention is reportedly being used in Israel to force asylum seekers to

Human Rights Watch: Kenya: Don’t force 55000 refugees into camps

Human Rights watch has declared that Kenyan authorities should halt their plan to forcibly move 55,000 registered refugees and asylum

Africa Regional News

Civil society and human rights groups globally have denounced the move of the Government of Kenya to force urban refugees

Kenya: asylum seekers and refugees face arbitrary detention

Civil society and human rights groups globally have denounced the move of the Government of Kenya to force urban refugees into camps.

IDC Regional Immigration Detention Workshop in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, October 2012

‘If you want to walk fast, walk alone.  If you want to walk far, walk together’ Masai proverb
In October

Africa: Interest in work on issue of immigration detention continues to grow across Africa

‘If you want to walk fast, walk alone.  If you want to walk far, walk together.’ Masai proverb
In October this

1 million Zimbabweans at risk of deportation from South Africa

IDC member Lawyers for Human Rights is concerned about the large numbers of Zimbabweans who will become vulnerable to arrest and deportation this month.

Africa: First IDC workshop on immigration detention and alternatives to detention

This year in July 2011, we will be hosting the first IDC regional workshop in Africa on immigration detention and

UNHCR: In harms way: the irregular movement of migrants to Southern Africa from the Horn and Great Lakes region

Click here to read the report (January 2011)

World Migration Report 2010 – The Future of Migration: Building Capacities for Change

Click here to download the report (2010)

Research paper, January 2011: In harms way: the irregular movement of migrants to Southern Africa from the Horn & Great Lakes regions

This UNHCR paper presents an explanation of the notion of mixed migration, focusing on those migrations taking place to and

UNHCR Research Paper, January 2011: In harms way: the irregular movement of migrants to Southern Africa from the Horn & Great Lakes regions

Katy Long and Jeff Crisp have published a UNHCR paper analysing the mixed movement of people currently taking place between

Fears over African migrants held by Sinai Bedouin

Click here to read the article (December 2010)

NGO, 3rd state help Israel return Sudan migrants

Click here to read the article (December 2010)

Human Rights Watch: Egypt: End Traffickers’ Abuse of Migrants

Click here to read the article (December 2010)

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: USCRI Commends New Efforts to End Refugee Warehousing in Lebanon & Ethiopia

The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has applauded the governments of Lebanon and Ethiopia for introducing new policies

Lawyers for Human Rights: Press Release: Court halts deportation of Somali refugees minutes before their departure

The Pretoria High Court has halted the deportation of two Somali refugees, who were to be deported from Somalia to

Human Rights Watch: Kenya: New Report: “Welcome to Kenya”

“Based on interviews with over 100 refugees, this 99-page report documents widespread police extortion of asylum seekers trying to reach

HRW: Paper: Human Rights in Western Sahara

This 216-page report focuses on the present-day situation rather than on past abuses. Human Rights Watch documents

Egypt: EFRR: One year old refugee child dies inside an Egyptian Prison

One year old refugee child dies inside an Egyptian Prison
Galila was a one year old child of Ethiopian nationality.  She

Lawyers for Human Rights South Africa: Article: North Gauteng High Court orders permanent closure of Musina detention facility

Click here to view the article (June 2009) in full

South Africa: LHR Report: Monitoring Immigration Detention in South Africa

The constitutional order established in South Africa in 1994 included administrative and judicial protections governing detentions.  These protections were meant to

Kenya: When Freedom is more like a Prison

From the air, the refugee camps on Kenya’s dusty north-eastern plain resemble a densely packed city with plots laid out

South Africa: Zimbabwean refugees moved around South Africa

Some lie awkwardly splayed on the stairs while others sleep in a neat row outside a church in Johannesburg from

Botswana: Asylum seekers dominate Ditshwanelo film launch

An official of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Madoda Nasha, said they are against detention of

Lawyers for Human Rights South Africa: Article: Deportation is illegal

Click here to view the article (May 2009) in full

Network for Justice and Democracy: Paper: Human Trafficking

The book, International Perspectives and Nigerian Laws on Human Trafficking, is intended to serve as a pactical aid to the

Libya: EU funds received to combat illegal migration

The European Union offered Libya €20 million Tuesday to help cope with growing illegal migration, the EU external relations commissioner

Kenya: UN asks for forcible removal of refugees to end

The UN refugee agency has asked Kenya to stop the forcible return of Somalis seeking asylum after three people who

Kenya: Camp resources stretched by influx of Somali refugees

An influx of refugees, mainly from Somalia, into Dadaab camp in northeastern Kenya, has not only overstretched the camp’s resources;

Kakuma News Reflector- A Refugee Free Press

The Kakuma News Reflector is an independent news magazine produced by Ethiopian, Congolese, Ugandan, Rwandan, Somali, Sudanese and Kenyan journalists

Libya: Report: Border Sahara- the detention centres in the Libyan desert

Reports of conditions of detention centres in Libya with personal stories from those detained there.
Click here to see full

South Africa: Notorious detention facility closes

Home Affairs this week decided to close the controversial detention facility for foreigners in Musina, which became notorious for the

South Africa: Refugees Go Hungry After Camp Closes

Despite the closure of the Youngsfield safety site in Wynberg last Friday, 160 refugees remain in the camp awaiting repatriation

Egypt: Campaign- AI: Eritrean asylum seekers could be forcibly returned

A group of some 104 Eritrean asylum-seekers held in a detention facility in Nakhl, northern Sinai, could be

South Africa: NCRA & LHR: Key findings- Refugee protection in RSA

This report, commissioned by the National Consortium for Refugee Affairs (NCRA), in conjunction with Lawyers for Human Rights and the

Opportunity for IDC members in Africa

IDC members in Africa are this year looking at how to highlight the issue of immigration detention with the before the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Ongoing crackdown in Kenya raises concern about detention

Detention news this month in Africa has been dominated by the mass round up of foreigners in Kenya