IDC membership in the MENA region continues to grow, with a number of new IDC membership applications received from organizations working in Mauritania, Egypt, Yemen Jordan during the UNHCR consultations.

The IDC is happy to welcome these new members and looks forward to exploring how IDC can support their efforts on engaging authorities on alternatives to detention and improved detention conditions.

It was also great to see IDC members from Israel represented strongly at the UNHCR consultations, with concerns about immigration detention, as well as kidnapping and torture, of those en route to Israel tabled as concerns.

The IDC also had successful meetings with UNHCR’s Bureau staff for the Middle East and North Africa.