The Council of Europe (CoE) is currently elaborating the first-ever set of minimum standards for the administrative detention of migrants


According to the Terms of Reference for the Committee of Experts on Administrative Detention of Migrants (CJ-DAM), the CoE is seeking to codify existing standards regarding the minimum conditions and treatment of migrants within places of immigration detention.  Based upon the model of the European Prison Rules (EPR), these new draft administrative standards are open for your comments and inputs by 30 June 2017.


Comments, in English or French, on the draft codifying instrument can be sent to the CoE Secretariat ([email protected]) by 30 June 2017 at the latest.  Those who submit formal comments will also be invited to a hearing with external stakeholders, to be held in Strasbourg from 22-23 June. You may find additional information about the process and upcoming dates online here:


The IDC would like to work with interested Members and partners before 30 June 2017 to provide qualitative inputs to the draft codifying instrument.  If you are interested in contributing to the IDC submission, please contact IDC Advocacy Coordinator Ben Lewis at [email protected].