More Middle East North Africa News

Director’s Report: June 2019

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

Community Hosting as an Alternative in MENA

Local Households Provide Stability After "Toxic Stress" Written by Junita Calder Middle East & Africa Regional Coordinator, International Detention Coalition For [...]

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

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

Proposed Changes Risk More Statelessness in Egypt

Aspiring to be model in the region for guaranteeing protections to refugee and asylum seeking Syrians, proposed changes to Egypt’s

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 [...]

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 [...]

Exploring alternatives to detention for torture survivors in Israel

There are an estimated 3,000 asylum seekers currently in Israel who have experienced torture in the Sinai prior to entering [...]

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

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 [...]

Libyan Civil Society & Government Discuss Alternatives to Immigration Detention

TUNISIA, Tunis —Libyan civil society and government representatives, together with members of the international community discussed on December 15 and [...]

Did You Know? Alternative to Detention Facts from MENA

These are just some of the examples of alternatives to detention – ie any law, policy or practice  by which

Freedom to move and support our families

The freedom to leave the place we live each day and work to support ourselves and our families

Expansion of Alternatives to Detention in MENA Urgently Required


Congratulations Yusra Mardini on winning your women’s 100 meters swimming heat at this year’s Olympics!  We are very

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

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

First Hand Account of Detention Conditions in Jordan

Cairo’s Global Research has published a report revealing abysmal, deteriorating conditions in immigration detention camps across Jordan.
The report titled

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,

Innovative Solutions to Employment and Education for Refugees and Migrants

This month, we highlight some ways in which large numbers of refugees and migrants remaining in – or transiting through

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 [...]

Regional launch and training event in Tunisia: There Are Alternatives (revised edition)

In February, the IDC launched its recently published handbook There Are Alternatives (revised edition) for the MENA region. The launch was held

Handbook Launch in Middle East North Africa

Temporary work permits; one-off migrant registration amnesties; efficient, standardized screening and assessment – these are just a handful of the [...]

MENA November News Roundup

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

Upcoming MENA Regional Launch of There Are Alternatives: Revised Edition

To further encourage the conversation and assist governments in exploring Alternatives to Immigration Detention, the IDC eagerly anticipates the MENA

Tragic Events and Unfortunate Attitudes regarding ‘Solutions’

It has been a sad month for many in MENA with devastating attacks in Lebanon and Tunisia, among others, adding

Invitation to Contribute: IDC MENA Online Community

As large numbers of people- women, girls, boys and men- continue to move through and from the Middle East and

MENA September-October News Roundup

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

MENA August News Roundup

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

From Detention to Destitution: Migrants Released in Israel

Holot detention facility in the Negev desert, close to the border with Egypt. Photo: ActiveStills
Thousands of migrants

MENA July News Roundup

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

New Reports Provide Further Evidence for Advocates Influencing MENA Immigration and Detention Policy

Over the last month few months, IDC members and friends in the MENA Region have produced some very welcome research

Middle East North Africa Regional Member Meeting

The IDC held its annual MENA Regional Member Meeting in Tunis, Tunisia during early June. Members from several countries

Middle East and North Africa June Roundup

Regional: Abuses against children are fueling migration to the European Union, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). Many children who arrive on

Regional Member Meeting

The IDC will be holding its annual Middle East and North Africa Member meeting in Tunisia on June 8 &

Middle East and North Africa April Roundup

Regional: “We are like slaves”. The New York Times reports on the “primitive” conditions inside Libya’s network of immigration detention centers.

Middle East and North Africa March Roundup

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

Spotlight on Detention in MENA

Across the Middle East and North Africa Region, conditions within detention centres and the use of administrative detention have been

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

Middle East and North Africa February Roundup

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

Is there a Way to Avoid Detention in Mixed Migration Contexts?

Across MENA governments are grappling with issues of mixed migration – refugees, migrants, stateless persons, trafficked persons and others, moving

January News Roundup

This news roundup is a compilation of tweets made by the IDC Co-ordinator for the Middle East and

Jordan, Israel: Legal challenges to immigration detention

Legal action over detention provisions under the Anti Infiltration Act in Israel continue , with the Hight Court ruling detention can still

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

UN expert to Malta – “stop the mandatory detention of irregular migrants and asylum seekers”

VALETTA (10 December 2014) – On International Human Rights Day, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of

Closed borders, dangerous journeys, trafficking & detention: little opportunity for safety in MENA

Within MENA and on the border with Europe, we are seeing widespread reports of tightening and even closing of borders

MENA News Roundup October / November

This news roundup is a compilation of tweets made by the IDC Co-ordinator for the Middle East and North Africa [...]

Collaborative action to prevent detention and deaths at sea needed

African asylum seekers rescued off boats and taken aboard an Italy navy ship, June 8, 2014.© Massimo Sestini /

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 – MENA

In Israel this month, the High Court rules the Holot centre must be closed,  also voiding the Migrant Holding Law [...]

Upcoming Opportunity for IDC MENA Members

In November 2013 IDC MENA members came together for a regional workshop in Amman, Jordan.
This year, the IDC is exploring the

Israel High Court ruling: detention of asylum seekers should be a last resort

This month Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that the use of Holot Detention Centre was unlawful, and gave the

MENA News Round Up July / August

Conflict in Libya continues, with IOM expecting and increase the numbers of people migrating, while UNHCR urges the governments of Egypt and Tunisia

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

More at risk of detention as services scaled back in Libya

Reports this month highlight the increased risks of detention, deportation, refoulment and abuse faced by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Libya, due to loss of support when organisations were been forced to withdraw due to risk to staff safety. Heightened vulnerability of arrest and detention, or lack of safety, contributes then to individuals seeking to move onwards, by whatever means available, putting themselves at risk on dangerous overland or sea journeys. Those who survive the journey often risk arrest and detention in the receiving countries

Independent monitoring of detention needed across MENA

Independent access to and monitoring of places of detention are critical factors in ensuring minimum standards are upheld, and preventing torture and rights abuses. News stories and reports from across MENA this month regarding poor conditions and allegations of abuse in immigration detention facilities are a stark reminder of this.

Innovative campaigning in Israel to end child detention

A coalition of IDC members and other key actors in Israel continue work to end child detention this month, with the release of a new awareness raising tool, this latest Israel campaign video resource.

Saudi Arabia: Major concern about round up, detention and expulsion of migrants

Major concern about round up, detention and expulsion of migrants in Saudi Arabia.

Israel: action against the anti-infiltration law continues

In Israel, action against the anti-infiltration law has increased again, with ongoing protests by asylum seekers and migrants and Israeli supporters, through to court petition to challenge the legislation.

Workshop on immigration detention in Tripoli

IDC members in Libya, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the International Organisation for
Cooperation and Emergency Aid (IOCEA) have been very focused on the issue of immigration detention this month.

Transit or destination? It’s not always so simple

Often discussions around stopping irregular migration and on the use of detention to this end refer to transit and destination countries.

EOI for researchers

IOM Cairo, with the Migration Coordination Task Force for the North-Eastern African Migratory Route and North Africa has issued a request for expressions of interest for researchers regarding examination of different aspects of complex mixed migration along the North-Eastern African Migratory Route and in North Africa.

Resource: monthly summary on MENA migration

Mixed migration is a topic of big interest to governments, NGOs, academics and migrants in the MENA region.

The RMMS monthly summary on movement in the region is out now

Mixed news on detention gains and challenges in MENA

Success for Israeli human rights groups fighting the Anti-Infiltration Law, as reported on in past IDM updates. This month the

MENA workshop 2013

The IDC MENA regional workshop was held this month over two days in Amman, co-hosted by new IDC member ARDD-Legal

IDC discuss ATD and impact of detention on children in Israel

The IDC took part in two events last month in partnership with IDC members Hotline for Migrant Workers and Physicians for Human Rights and Israeli

IDC membership in MENA region continues to grow

IDC membership in the MENA region continues to grow, with a number of new IDC membership applications received from organizations

HRW: Israel pressures asylum seekers to leave (JPost)

“Human Rights Watch and the Hotline for Migrant Workers released a report on Wednesday stating that Israel is threatening detained

Middle East & North Africa Regional Detention News: URGENT Appeal for support for AMERA Egypt!

AMERA Egypt, a longtime IDC member, is facing imminent closure due to a lack of funding.
At present, AMERA

Israel: UN Refugee Agency petitions High Court to overturn infiltration law (Haaretz)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has submitted a request to file a friend of the court brief with

MENA: Use of immigration detention a growing concern in Libya and Yemen

As 2012 draws to a close, immigration detention across the Middle East and North Africa continues to grow as an

Middle East & North Africa: IDC reaches out to MENA region in light of international IDC research launch

Immigration detention across the Africa region is an ongoing concern.
Contributing to this concern however is the lack of clear

Increasing legal immigration channels to save lives?

In April discussions between the EU and AU focused on plans to increase legal immigration channels and in doing so reduce the market for smugglers and traffickers – and save lives.