NEWSLETTER: Global Tools, Local Impact

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May 2022

Welcome to the Global Detention Project’s roundup of current research, publications, and events. For any questions about our content, please contact us at: admin [at] globaldetentionproject [dot] org


Annual Report: “Global Tools, Local Impact”

A common thread that ties our work together over the past year is our effort to ensure that global tools have local impact. Among the highlights you’ll read about in our Annual Report

  • collaborative efforts with local and international partners to raise awareness of human rights violations in key global hotspots, including the plight of migrants trapped along the EU-Belarus border and the disappearances of Eritrean asylum seekers deported from Egypt
  • the launch of our new webinar series on international human rights mechanisms that can be used for local advocacy, including our inaugural event featuring the chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; 
  • our expanding partnerships in the Global Immigration Detention Observatory;
  • our success in driving press attention on critical detention developments, from Rohingya refugees detained in Bangladesh’s controversial camps on Bhasan Char island to the EU’s ongoing efforts to externalise migration and asylum controls;
  • the publication of major new reports on CanadaMexicoMoroccoSouth Africa, and Turkey, which were produced in collaboration with local experts;
  • the impact of our COVID-19 detention monitoring platform on the work of a range of national and international stakeholders;
  • plus an interview with detention activist and GDP research fellow, Abdul Aziz Muhamad

>>Read the GDP Annual Report 
>>See alsoThe GDP Index: Key Numbers from 2021

TURKEY: Joint Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women  

The GDP and our partner the International Refugee Rights Association issued a joint submission to CEDAW on the treatment of women refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in immigration detention centres in Turkey. As Turkey has stepped up immigration controls there have been increasing reports of human rights violations in detention centres and in other sites along its borders. Women have been subjected to abuses and gender-specific violations, including reports of rape of refugee women in some removal centres as well as humiliating strip searches.


People’s Migration Challenge: People’s Forum 

As part of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) 2022, the first follow-up event to the Global Compact on Migration (GMC), held in New York and online from 17 – 20 May 2022, the People’s Migration Challenge organised a People’s Forum of events and speakers. GDP Executive Director, Michael Flynn, was asked to present during an event on “Beyond Alternatives: No to Detention.” Read more about the People’s Migration Challenge (PMC) here and the IMRF here.