Pandemic Borders Webinar: Pandemic Vulnerabilities

On 24 June, the GDP’s Executive Director will be participating in a webinar hosted by Ryerson University (Toronto) exploring the particular vulnerabilities migrants and asylum seekers face during the Covid-19 pandemic. Michael Flynn will join Margarita Pintin-Perez (OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants), Petra Molnar (Faculty of Law, University of Toronto), and Dr. […]

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Prison for Profit

On 7 March, GDP Director Michael Flynn joined Abdul Aziz Muhamat (2019 Martin Ennals Prize Winner), Ilse Van Velzen (filmmaker), Ruth Hopkins (investigative journalist), Agnès Callamard (UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Director of “Freedom of Expression”), and journalist Luc Hermann to discuss the privatisation of prisons and administrative detention in […]

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The Use of Private Military and Security Companies in Migrant Detention Centres

United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights Geneva, 25-27 November 2019 On 27 November, the GDP’s Michael Flynn will join a panel organised by the Working Group on the use of mercenaries to discuss the use of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in immigration detention, as part of the United Nations Forum on […]

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Twentieth Anniversary of the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

20th Anniversary Conference of the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Mexico City, 12-13 November 2019 On 12-13 November, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (SRHRM) held an event in Mexico City (at the Universidad Iberoamericana), commemorating the mandate’s 20 years of work protecting the […]

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Internazionale a Ferrara: Debate on Immigration Detention

“Internazionale a Ferrara” – Ferrara, Italy Saturday 5 October – 11:00 – Teatro Comunale On 5 October, the GDP’s Executive Director Michael Flynn will participate in a public debate organised by Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) concerning immigration detention policies around the world. The debate, “The World Behind Bars,” is part of the Italian news weekly Internazionale’s […]

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Meetings with the Committee on Migrant Workers

On 2-11 September the UN Committee on Migrant Workers will hold its 31st session in Geneva, during which it will consider reports on Argentina, Colombia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The GDP will participate in a CMW-organised meeting with NGOs and civil society on 2 September and the meeting with governments on 4 September. More information […]

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Meeting with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

On 13 August, the GDP attended a Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) civil society meeting in Geneva. The open meeting provided an opportunity for civil society to exchange ideas with the WGAD on issues related to the group’s mandate. […]

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ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme

ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme Geneva, 20 June 2019   On 20 June, GDP staff met with participants from ISHR’s Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme. The 18 rights defenders are currently attending ISHR’s training programme which is designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to make strategic use of the international human rights system. […]

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Privatising Migration: A Solution for the European Union?

Privatising Migration: A Solution for the European Union? University of Nottingham, 17-18 June 2019    The trend towards outsourcing migration control operations—including to private companies, international organisations, militias, and other non-state actors—has helped states to distance themselves from, and evade, human rights obligations. In light of the documented abuses that have occurred at the hands […]

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The Externalisation of Refugee Policies in Australia and Europe: The Need for a Comparative Interdisciplinary Approach

The Externalisation of Refugee Policies in Australia and Europe: The Need for a Comparative Interdisciplinary Approach Prato, 12-13 June 2019   Efforts by major destination countries to evade their obligations to refugees and other non-citizens are leading to the creation of burgeoning detention regimes on the periphery of the Global North. However, as states increasingly […]

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