Implementing the Non-punishment Principle for Victims of Trafficking

On 4-5 February, the GDP’s Michael Flynn served as a moderator during a two-day expert consultation convened by the UN Special Rapporteur (SR) on trafficking in persons – Siobhán Mullally – aimed at informing the SR’s June 2021 report to the Human Rights Council. The discussion was based on the 2020 paper published by the […]

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The Ongoing Business of Strengthening the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Joint NGO response to the report of the co-facilitators of the UN GeneralAssembly’s review of the UN human rights treaty body system The GDP has joined more than 150 NGOs around the world to address the co-facilitators of the UN General Assembly’s review of the human rights treaty body system: “We welcome the report containing […]

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International Migrants Day: Global Celebration of Our Rights and Our Struggle for Justice

On International Migrants Day, the Global Detention Project will be participating in an online event organised by Migrant Forum Asia (MFA), Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants, Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism, and the Civil Society Action Committee. The GDP will take part in a panel titled “Detention and Returns: Going Beyond Alternatives.” […]

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Webinar: “GCM Objective 13: Use Immigration Detention as a Measure of Last Resort and Work Towards Alternatives”

Extracts of the webinar, including Michael Flynn’s presentation, are available to watch here. This event was part of a 23-part MFA webinar series, examining each of the Global Compact’s objectives. More information about the series is available here. Related Reading: Submission to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers: Draft General Comment No.5 on Migrants’ Right […]

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Places of Quarantine as Places of “Detention”

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GDP has received increasing numbers of reports detailing the detention of non-nationals as a quarantine measure. In Bangladesh for example, more than 300 Rohingya refugees have been confined in prison-like facilities on the remote island of Bhasan Char since April–a detention situation that has been billed by […]

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UK: Plans to Replicate Australia’s Maligned Offshore Detention Regime Ignore a Long History of Failure and Suffering

Earlier this month, leaks revealed that the UK government has considered plans to send asylum seekers to offshore “processing” facilities stretching from Europe to North Africa to Asia, including in Moldova, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, and even Ascension Island and St Helena. According to the Guardian, which obtained the documents, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and […]

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Amendments to Regulation (EC) No 862/2007

For over a decade, the GDP has relentlessly pushed states to provide better migration detention data, in particular in the European Union, where Eurostat maintains a wealth of statistics on a range of key immigration enforcement measures—except detention. Until now. In June, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted proposed reforms to […]

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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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Joint NGO Letter: UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As a result of Covid-19, in-person sessions of the UN human rights sessions have been postponed until at least June. While the suspension is affecting the work of the treaty bodies, it is important that they undertake many of the mandated activities such as considerations of individual communications and urgent actions, adoption of lists of issues (LOIs) and lists of issues prior […]

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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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