Open Letter Calling for Canada to Stop the Use of Provincial Jails for Immigration Detention

The GDP has joined 39 Canadian and international organisations in an open letter calling on Canadian authorities to cease detaining migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in provincial jails. As the GDP has previously documented, Canada has regularly attracted criticism for its persistent use of jails for immigration detention – and in particular, for its placement […]

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Global Research Agenda on Health and Migration: WHO Technical Consultation

On 6 March, the World Health Organisation (WHO) convened a global technical consultation aimed at establishing priorities for its global research agenda concerning health and migration. The Global Detention Project (GDP) was one of a handful of civil society organisations invited to participate in the event, which included stakeholders from UN agencies and other international […]

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The GDP Submits Information Requests to Central and State Authorities in India

The GDP has submitted several information requests to central and state authorities in India regarding the country’s immigration detention practices. Amongst those contacted by the GDP are the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, National Human Rights Commission, and authorities in Assam, Manipur, Delhi, Telangana, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. […]

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NEWSLETTER: Looking Back at 2022

As we approach the end of 2022, we take a moment to look back at the GDP’s work and achievements.  From urging immediate international action to address the detention of non-nationals in Ukraine and contributing to the WHO’s first ever report on refugee and migrant health, to successfully encouraging the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to assess Botswana’s immigration detention […]

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The Continued Detention of Non-Nationals in Ukraine’s Volyn Detention Centre

The GDP has received alarming reports detailing the detention of 44 non-nationals in Ukraine’s Volyn Detention Centre (Volyn PTPI) – despite the GDP having called for the release of detainees from the facility in March 2022. Conditions in the facility are reported to be dire, raising serious concerns for detainees’ safety and wellbeing. […]

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A GDP Assessment of the Centre for Policy Studies’ Proposals for UK Detention Reform

On Monday 6 December, the London-based Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) released a report containing proposals for UK asylum reform. Titled Stopping the Crossings: How Britain can take back control of its immigration and asylum system, the report is an unambiguous attempt to spur a “radical policy shift and decisive action” to cut the number […]

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Global Immigration Detention Observatory: The GDP Hosts Second Advocacy Week for Observatory Partners

In November, the GDP hosted its second Geneva Advocacy Week for Global Immigration Detention Observatory partners. Representatives from Lawyers for Human Rights ((LHR), South Africa) and Türkiye-based International Refugee Rights Association (IRRA) joined the GDP in Geneva, attending meetings with key human rights mechanisms to learn more about their work and to bring attention to […]

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#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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