The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is a global Catholic organization, which was founded in 1980 and whose mission is to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people regardless of their religious affiliations. The regional office of JRS-EUROPE in Brussels networks with JRS staff in 22 European countries. JRS personnel in Europe accompany inter alia detainees and former detainees. Based on the experience from this work and on JRS-EUROPE’s research, JRS-EUROPE has developed this “Observation and Position Document” on detention. The purpose of this document is to inform and to alert, but also to advocate the rights of detainees.

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