#FreedomForAll: End Detention Now

On 29 November, the GDP’s Executive Director Michael Flynn joined a panel of international speakers at a People’s Migration Challenge (PMC) webinar exploring global efforts to end immigration detention. Examining the campaign to end the detention of children, Flynn considered some of the lessons that have been learned from this advocacy effort – and how this can help us work towards an end to immigration detention. […]

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NEWSLETTER: Ensuring that Local Detention Conditions Receive Global Attention

The GDP’s November 2022 roundup of research, publications, and events – including our latest submission regarding the treatment of immigration detainees in Botswana, September advocacy visits to Geneva, the latest from our Transparency Initiative, and recent updates to the Immigration Detention Monitor. […]

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BOTSWANA: Joint Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

In a joint submission with Lawyers for Human Rights, the GDP has submitted information to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) addressing issues related to immigration detention in Botswana. Amongst various recommendations, the GDP and LHR urge CERD to call on Botswana to ensure that child migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are not detained; to end the practice of arbitrary detention; and to reform national legislation that is discriminatory in content, language, and application. […]

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The GDP and the International Refugee Rights Association Submit Freedom of Information Requests to Türkiye’s Presidency of Migration Management

In September 2022, the Istanbul-based International Refugee Rights Association (IRRA) submitted three freedom of information (FOI) request’s to Türkiye’s Presidency of Migration Management regarding the country’s immigration detention practices. The access to information requests were issued as part of IRRA’s participation in the Global Detention Project’s “Global Immigration Detention Observatory” project, which seeks to build […]

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Global Immigration Detention Observatory: Bringing International Attention to Detention Issues in the Gulf and South Asia

On 26-30 September, the GDP welcomed to Geneva representatives from partner NGOs based in the Gulf and South Asia – the GCC-based Migrant-Rights.org and the Migration and Asylum Project in India. Their visit was part of the GDP’s Global Immigration Detention Observatory project, a collaborative initiative between the GDP and partner organisations around the world […]

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NEWSLETTER: The Global Compact v. The Migrant Workers Convention?

The GDP’s September 2022 roundup of research, publications, and events – including our assessment of the gaps between the Global Compact for Migration and UN Migrant Worker Convention; news about our latest webinar; and our recent work highlighting concerns regarding Türkiye’s treatment of immigration detainees. […]

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Sahar Okhovat Elected as New President of the Global Detention Project

The Global Detention Project’s Executive Committee has unanimously elected Sahar Okhovat as its new President, replacing outgoing President Roberta Cecchetti. Sahar is a Senior Policy Officer at the Refugee Council of Australia and previously served as the Vice Chair of the detention committee for the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network and as a Humanitarian Observer […]

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Oral Submission: Statements Concerning the CMW’s General Comment No.6 on the Convergence Between the Global Compact for Migration and the Convention

The GDP’s Executive Director Michael Flynn spoke at the UN Committee on Migrant Workers’ half day of general discussion on its draft General Comment No.6 on the convergence between the convergence between the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) and the Migrant Worker Convention. Reiterating points raised by the GDP in its written submission to the CMW, Flynn provided comment on three aspects of the GCM that concern migration-related detention – alternatives to detention, the detention of children, and criminalisation of migration-related violations. […]

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Oral Submission: GDP Partner, IRRA, Provides Input on Issues Related to Immigration Detention in Türkiye at the UN Committee on Migrant Workers’ 35th Session

On Monday 19th September, the GDP’s Türkiye-based partner – the International Refugee Rights Association (IRRA) – delivered a virtual presentation at the 35th Session of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. This oral submission drew the committee’s attention to Türkiye’s laws and practices […]

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Submission to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers: General Comment No.6 on the Convergence of the International Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and the Global Compact for Migration

To support the UN CMW’s work developing its new General Comment (No.6) on the Convergence of the Convention and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the GDP has provided comments – particularly regarding Articles 16 and 17 of the ICRMW and Objective 13 of the GCM. […]

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