OHCHR High-Level Meeting on Migration and Human Rights

On 4 September, OHCHR is organising a high-profile meeting in advance of the UN 2nd High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Human Rights (HLD) in order to raise awareness of the human rights of migrants and to advocate for mainstreaming a human rights-based approach within all four round table discussions of the HLD. The High-Level Meeting will take place in Geneva at the Palais des Nations, Room IX
and will include a contribution from IDC Director, Grant Mitchell, on the rights of children at risk of immigration detention.  To follow the live-stream and live-tweets of this meeting, or to access the agenda, visit the OHCHR High-Level Dialogue page.

2nd High-Level Dialogue
From 3-4 October, the UN General Assembly with hold its 2nd High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) with the stated goal “to identify concrete measures to strengthen coherence and cooperation at all levels, with a view to enhancing the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike and its important links to development, while reducing its negative implications.”
The IDC views the 2nd HLD as an important opportunity to raise awareness of the human rights of migrants affected by immigration detention; to strengthen global practice with regard to Alternatives to Detention (ATD); and to ensure that the administrative detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants is given increased attention within broader discussions of global migration and development policy. We will be publishing a briefing document to guide members and partners of the IDC in the lead-up to the HLD. If you would like more information, or to get involved in advocacy at the HLD, please contact IDC Advocacy Coordinator, Ben Lewis – [email protected]

UN rights experts find Australia’s detention of 46 refugees ‘cruel and degrading’ 
The UN Human Rights Committee has released two final decisions regarding the situation of 46 registered refugees in Australia – including children and families – being held in detention in indefinite detention on the basis of adverse security assessments. The Committee found that the indefinite detention amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm.  Source: OHCHR.