As part of an exciting new series, IDC’s first report on ‘Alternatives to Immigration Detention in Africa’ maps legislation, policies and practices related to immigration detention, including child detention, and alternatives that governments in Egypt, Kenya, Libya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia are pursuing.
African Members of the International Detention Coalition (IDC) undertook combined information gathering with the hope of triggering meaningful advocacy actions at national and regional levels, aiming to reduce, and ultimately end, the use of immigration detention.
This summary outlines the key findings drawn from this combined data, which was submitted to IDC by members, governments and international actors in late 2015. This data was supplemented by desk-based research between July – September 2016.
There are alternatives
The IDC has undertaken a program of research to identify and describe a number of positive alternatives to immigration detention (‘alternatives’) that respect fundamental rights, are less expensive and are equally or more effective than traditional border controls. The IDC has identified over 250 examples of alternatives from 60 countries.
The research was launched during the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva co-hosted by the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights and the the Permanent Mission of Sweden.