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How Change Happened in Thailand

Interview compiled by Vivienne Chew 
Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator, International Detention Coalition
On 21 January 2019, following years of

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 [...]

Seven Rohingya Children Ordered Released In Malaysia

A Malaysian court ordered for the release of seven Rohingya children detained in an immigration detention centre in Malaysia into

Indonesia Theory of Change Workshop

On 26th and 27th of June, the IDC brought together 15 participants from civil society organizations and United Nations agencies [...]

Thailand: Theory of Change Workshop

Bangkok Workshop
On 16th and 17th of May, the IDC brought together various stakeholders in Thailand to develop a national

Malaysia Strategy Workshop

At the end of February, IDC members and partners in Malaysia came together for a two-day national workshop aiming to [...]

Detention in Malaysia Criticised by CEDAW Committee

Concluding Observations for the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for Malaysia’s third to fifth combined

Migration in Malaysia: Civil Society Consultations

The IDC, along with UNHCR Malaysia, the National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), and the Malaysian Representative

Regional Roundtable on Judicial Engagement for Southeast Asia

On 6-7 December 2017, the IDC along with UNHCR and APRRN, co-hosted a regional roundtable on judicial engagement in

Urgent Need for No Child Detention Policy in Thailand

The immigration detention of children continues to be a pressing concern in Thailand. On November 2nd, Fortify Rights reported that

Raising the plight of migrant children in Asia Pacific

Migrant Children in Asia Pacific – Joint side event coordinated by IDC with UNICEF and Save the Children alongside

Australia Policy Recommendation to End Child Detention

Alliance calls on Australian Government to lead the way in protecting displaced children.   The IDC is one of a [...]

The Plight of Muslim Rohingya

The plight of Muslim Rohingya: What does their future hold?
On August 25th The Myanmar government undertook a horrific

Two Damning UN Expert Reports of Australia’s Detention Regime

Australia has just announced it will take a seat on the powerful United Nations Human Rights Council.
Yet two UN

Malaysia Immigration Raids

Aegile Fernandez, the Director of Tenaganita
Over 6000 individuals  have been arrested and detained this month, as part

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

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

Building Support for Alternatives to Detention for Children in NZ

An international delegation visited New Zealand over the week of April 3 – April 7, exploring ways alternatives to detention for

Southeast Asia Children on the Move Conference

Save the Children (SC), Terre de Hommes (TdH), International Detention Coalition (IDC) and Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) are

Refugee Alternatives Conference in Australia

Australia’s refugee sector came together on the 22 -23rd of February for a conference on Refugee Alternatives: Improving policy, practice and

A Framework For Change in Asia Pacific

A 2 ½ day capacity building workshop was held in Jakarta (March 7 – 9) with just under

Thai Government Resolution for Protection of Refugees

The Thai Government has approved a framework to enhance the identification and protection of refugees.
The resolution was approved

Presidential Decree on Treatment of Refugees in Indonesia

In January 2017, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed  a Presidential Decree (Perpres) regarding the treatment of refugees and

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 [...]

Asia Pacific News Round Up January

IDC member group Tenaganita pushes for migrant rights and an end to discrimination 

Australian refugee advocate awarded 

Exploring Alternatives to Detention in Japan

A delegation of experts collaborated with experts in Japan to explore alternatives to immigration detention – in this

Regional Meeting on Alternatives to Child Detention

For the first time, organisations working on child rights, refugees and migration met to discuss child immigration detention in South [...]

Transparency and Oversight Essential in Immigration Detention

Information revealed this month about people seeking asylum in Nauru is a powerful reminder that transparency and oversight is

A Positive Step for South Korea: Recognising the Right to Apply for Asylum

Significant Court decisions have been made in South Korea, with 28 Syrians allowed to enter the country and apply

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

NZ could play key role in ending child detention

The “ending child detention in Asia-Pacific” panel. Image: Jihee Junn/APJS
The IDC’s Dr. Robyn Sampson joined the Asia Pacific

Significant Challenges to Australian Regional Detention System

Australia’s offshore processing centres have faced considerable challenges this month.
The Papua New Guinean Supreme Court ordered the closure

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,

Children Released from Detention in Australia, but Status Unclear

On 2 April 2016, Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed media reports that all children had been released from mainland

Highlighting Alternatives at ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children Consultations

The IDC’s Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator, in her capacity as Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network’s (APRRN) Immigration Detention Working

New Report: Regional Expert Roundtable on Alternatives to Immigration Detention for Children

This Report summarizes the proceedings of the Regional Expert Roundtable on Alternatives to Immigration Detention of Children, co-organised by the

Undocumented Rohingyas in Bangladesh to be counted for first time in census

The first ever census of undocumented Muslim minority Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar and are now living in Bangladesh is underway.

Best interests of the child must come first, UN child rights committee reminds Australia

Best interests of the child must come first, UN child rights committee reminds Australia
The UN Committee on the Rights

Regional Advisor Positions Now Open in Asia

The IDC is now seeking for nominations for Regional Advisors from the Asia Pacific. Regional Advisors are an important part of the IDC’s International [...]

November Asia-Pacific News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live

UN Human Rights Council 2015 Universal Periodic Review of Australia focuses on asylum seeker policy

This 9 November, Australia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) took place under the auspices of the United Nations Human Rights

Developing Pilots to Prevent Detention of Children

Momentum has been building towards the development of pilots in the Asia Pacific region to provide evidence that children

IDC Member Suka Society wins UN Malaysia Award

Congratulations to Suka Society for winning a UN Malaysia Award for thier support & welfare of migrant &refugee children.

Nauru ‘opens’ Australian-run Detention Centre

The Government of Nauru announced on 3 October that it would lift all restrictions of movement for all asylum seekers currently accommodated

Asia-Pacific September-October News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live

A New Advocacy Strategy: Corporate Social Responsibility

Industry super fund HESTA has sold its stake in Transfield Services, citing evidence of human rights violations inside detention centres which the company runs on

Asia-Pacific August News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live

Inquiry Finds Nauru Detention Centre “Insupportable”

Concluding a 5 month Inquiry, the Australian Senate tabled its report on the immigration detention centre in the small pacific state of

Nauru Senate Inquiry Reveals Shocking Conditions in Australian-run Detention Centre

“Who’s got the moral responsibility?” The Australian Senate’s Inquiry into allegations of abuses in the detention centre in Nauru continued

Asia-Pacific July News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live

Even Less Accountability in Australian Detention Centres

The Australian Government has passed the Border Force Act, effective today, that has the potential for government-contracted workers at onshore

“South East Asian Migrant Crisis” IDC in Conversation with the International State Crime Initiative

To better understand what some are calling the “South East Asian Migrant Crisis” IDC asked questions of Alicia de la

Asia-Pacific June Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live

Joint NGO Statement: Applauding Temporary Protection for People Rescued at Sea

Over 600 Non Government Organisations in the Asia Pacific Region have signed a joint statement, applauding the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia,

Asia Pacific April & May Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live

Workshops at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference

The IDC co-hosted two workshops at the ASEAN People’s Forum/ASEAN Civil Society Conference on 21-24 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur,

New Report on the Rohingya Crisis 

On the eve of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), an

Asia Pacific March Roundup

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

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

Damning Report on Australia by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez  released a report on immigration detention of children as a form of “ill treatment”

Asia Pacific February Roundup

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

Indonesia Roundtable on Child Detention

An important first step towards limiting the practice of child detention has been taken in Indonesia.
On 23 February

January News Roundup

This is a compilation of news from the tweets of the IDC Asia Pacific Regional Co-ordinator. Follow here for live

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

The Forgotten Children: Inquiry findings on Children in Australian Immigration Detention

Findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into children in immigration detention reveal that prolonged immigration detention has a negative impact on

Children & Pregnant Women No Longer Detained in Taiwan

Children under the age of 12 and women who are more than 5 months pregnant will

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health – Visit to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (2 December 2014) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the

Australia Blocks Resettlement of Refugees from Indonesia

The Australian government has announced that asylum seekers registered with UNHCR in Indonesia after 1 July 2014 will not

UN Committee Against Torture criticizes Australia’s mandatory detention policies

GENEVA (28 November 2014) – On 28 November 2014, the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) issued its Concluding Observations on

Asia Pacific News Round Up November & October

This is a compilation of news from the tweets of the IDC Asia Pacific Regional Co-ordinator. Follow here for live [...]

New Publication: ‘The Law of Refugee Status’

MELBOURNE (13 November 2014) – The University of Melbourne’s Institute for International Law and the Humanities has

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 – Asia Pacific

155 Uighurs including 76 children are detained in Malaysia, NGOs urge govt to work with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

IDC Attends APRRN’s 5th Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights

The IDC attended the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network’s (APRRN) 5th Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights (APCRR5), held

New Report: Child Detention in Thailand

A new report  by Human Rights Watch entitled “Two Years with No Moon: Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand” details how 

Asia-Pacific News Round Up July / August

Evidence of the negative impact immigration detention has on people is mounting, with a chief immigration  psychiatrist from providing insight into

Moves towards ending child detention in Australia

The Australian Government has announced that children detained in immigration detention on the mainland of Australia will be placed into

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

IDC, APRRN and SUAKA national planning in Jakarta

The IDC, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the Indonesian Civil Society Network for Refugee

Child detention: a new international alliance

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

Arrest and detention of refugees and asylum seekers in Sri Lanka

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, an IDC member, has issued this urgent statement calling for the Sri Lankan government to cease

Crackdown on Irregular Migrant Workers in Thailand

There have been reports of a large-scale crackdown on irregular migrants in Thailand.

UN Committee Against Torture issues Concluding Observations on Thailand

The UN Committee against Torture has issued its Concluding Observations on the Initial Report of Thailand, including a clear recommendation to end indefinite detention for asylum seekers and migrants

The Cambodia Solution

Cambodia has agreed in principle to resettle refugees from Australia’s offshore processing center in Nauru.

Mental and Physical Health Crisis for Nauru and Manus Detainees

More reports have emerged that add to the growing body of research on how prolonged or indefinite detention can seriously damage people.

IDC Submission to Australian HRC Child Detention Inquiry

The IDC has made the below submission to the Australian Human Rights Inquiry into Child Immigration Detention.
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Australia: Hunger Strikes, Unanswered Qs & Closures

Hunger Strikes
Hundreds of asylum seekers in Australian-run immigration detention on Christmas Island have taken part in a hunger strike, seven of

Controversial forced returns from Malaysia

Malaysian authorities have refouled two UNHCR card holding refugees and one asylum seeker whose claim for refugee status was pending before UNHCR, back to Sri Lanka

First refugees settled in Nauru

Thirteen refugees including a family from Iran have released from an immigration detention centre run by the Australian government. The refugees will now be settled in Nauru after spending months in detention.

Tribute to Dr. Irene Fernandez

The IDC is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Irene Fernandez, founder of Tenganita and an inspiration to the IDC’s members all over the world.

ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum 2014

The ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum was held on 21-23 March 2014 in Yangon, Burma

Capacity Building Workshop on Alternatives to Detention

On 29th to 30th August, IDC and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APPRN) co-organized a successful capacity building workshop

Malaysia Government Roundtable on Alternatives

In partnership with APRRN member SUKA Society, Secretariat members of the International Detention Coalition attended the Malaysian Roundtable Discussion on Alternatives to Immigration

Asia NGO Consultations

IDC, together with UNHCR and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) co-hosted the regional consultations on immigration detention,

Human Rights Watch Indonesia release report

Human Rights Watch Indonesia: On 24th June 2013, Human Rights Watch released its report “Barely Surviving: Detention, Abuse, Neglect of Migrant Children

IDC Asia Pacific members attend NGO Consultations in Geneva

IDC’s Asia Pacific members were out in full force in Geneva. It was fantastic to be at the NGO Consultations

Asia Regional Detention News

Criticism over Australia’s immigration detention policies have continued to mount, particularly in light of reports of self-harming by children detained

Amnesty International: Refugee deal takes New Zealand down the wrong path (AI Australia)

Amnesty International has published a briefing stating its concern for the recently announced refugee deal between Australia and New Zealand,

Asia: Australia’s policy of offshore processing causing mental illness in detainees

The use of immigration detention continued to escalate as an issue of concern in the region, including amongst NGOs and

Asia Pacific: Inquiry’s findings conclude immigration detention causes mental illness

A parliamentary investigation into immigration detention in Australia has found that conditions in Australian detention centres are causing endemic mental

Amnesty International: New Report: Trapped: The exploitation of migrant worker

Amnesty International has released a report documenting the exploitation of migrant workers in Malaysia and making recommendations to the government.

The Arakan Project; Tens of thousands of Rohingyas from Burma at risk of starvation in an unprecedented crackdown in Bangladesh

Chris Lewa has released a report titled The Arakan Project, detailing the treatment and living conditions faced by unregistered Rohingya

Workshop on strengthening capacity to implement alternatives to immigration detention

The IDC and Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) co-hosted a workshop on strenghtening capacity to implement alternatives to immigration detention on 30th April and 1 May in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.