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Lesotho Immigration Detention

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International migrants (2015): 6,600
New asylum applications (2016): 9

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2,073

Criminal prison population

2014

  • Criminal prison population
NumberObservation Date
2,0732014
2,4982010
2,8522007
3,1732004
2,6992001
2,2321998
2,0621995
2,2601992


0.9

Percentage of foreign prisoners

2009

  • Percentage of foreign prisoners
PercentageObservation Date
0.92009


92

Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)

2014

  • Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
NumberObservation Date
922014
1152010
1352007
1542004
1352001
1161998
1141995
1321992



2,135,000

Population

2015

  • Population
NumberObservation Date
2,135,0002015


6,600

International migrants

2015

  • International migrants
NumberObservation Date
6,6002015


0.3

International migrants as a percentage of the population

2015

  • International migrants as a percentage of the population
PercentageObservation Date
0.32015


36

Refugees

2016

  • Refugees
NumberObservation Date
362016
312015
442014


0.02

Ratio of refugees per 1000 inhabitants

2014

  • Ratio of refugees per 1000 inhabitants
NumberObservation Date
0.022014


9

Total number of new asylum applications

2016

  • Total number of new asylum applications
NumberObservation Date
92016
52014


100

Refugee recognition rate

2014

  • Refugee recognition rate
NumberObservation Date
1002014


0

Stateless persons

2016

  • Stateless persons
NumberObservation Date
02016
02015

Domestic Law Expand all

Legal tradition Show sources
NameObservation Date
Common law
Customary law

Constitutional guarantees? Show sources
NameConstitution and ArticlesYear AdoptedLast Year Amended
No(1) Every person shall be entitled to personal liberty, that is to say, he shall not be arrested or detained save as may be authorised by law in any of the following cases, that is to say - (i) for the purpose of preventing the unlawful entry of that person into Lesotho, or for the purpose of effecting the expulsion, extradition or other lawful removal of that person from Lesotho or for the purpose of restricting that person while he is being conveyed through Lesotho in the course of his extradition or removal as a convicted prisoner from one country to another.19931993
Core pieces of national legislation Show sources
NameYear AdoptedLast Year Amended
Aliens Control Act num. 16 of 19661966
Lesotho Refugee Act 1983

Immigration-status-related grounds Show sources
NameObservation Date
Detention for unauthorised entry or stay2015
Detention to effect removal2015

Maximum length of time in custody prior to issuance of a detention order Show sources
Number of DaysObservation Date
142015

Provision of basic procedural standards Show sources
NameIn LawIn PracticeObservation Date
Right to legal counselYes2015
Access to consular assistanceYes2015

Is the detention of vulnerable persons provided in law? Are they detained in practice? Show sources
NameIn LawIn PracticeObservation Date
WomenNot mentionedYes2015
Accompanied minorsNot mentionedYes2015

International Law Expand all

International treaties Show sources
Ratio of relevant international treaties ratified
  15/19
International treaty reservations Show sources
NameReservation YearObservation Date
CEDAW Article 219952017
Individual complaints procedure Show sources
NameAcceptance Year
ICCPR, First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 19662000
Ratio of complaints procedures accepted Show sources
NumberObservation Date
0/92017
Relevant recommendations issued by treaty bodies
NameRecommendation ExcerptRecommendation Year
Committee on Migrant Workers"§30. recalls that administrative detention should be used only as a last resort, and recommends that the state party consider alternatives to administrative detention. it recommends that the state party: (a) include in its second periodic report detailed disaggregated information on the number of migrant workers detained for immigration offences and the place, average duration and conditions of their detention; (b) ensure that migrant workers detained for violations of immigration law are not detained with persons accused or convicted of a crime; (c) ensure that the minimum guarantees enshrined in the convention are assured with regard to criminal or administrative procedures against migrant workers and members of their families."2016

Regional legal instruments Show sources
NameYear of Ratification (Treaty) / Transposed (Directive) / Adoption (Regulation)
ACHPR, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights1992
ACRWC, African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child1999
APRW, Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol)2004

Relevant recommendations of the UN Universal Periodic Review Show sources
Recomendation IssuedYear IssuedObservation Date
No20102017
No20152017

Socio Economic Data Expand all

Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD) Show sources
Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD)Observation Date
1,0342014
Remittances to the country Show sources
Remittances to the country (in millions USD)Observation Date
4562014
Unemployment Rate Show sources
Unemployment RateObservation Date
26.22014
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in millions USD) Show sources
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in USD)Observation Date
103.62014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP) Show sources
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)UNDP four-tiered rankingObservation Date
161Low2015

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