The ICJ and GCR have presented today to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants a submission on the human rights of migrants report on ending immigration detention of children and seeking adequate reception and care for them.
The submission is an input for the forthcoming report of the UN Special Rapporteur on ending immigration detention of children and seeking adequate reception and care for them, which is expected to be submitted to the 75th session of the General Assembly.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) have provided a brief overview of aspects of immigration detention of migrant children in Greece.
Building on the collective complaint ICJ and ECRE v Greece (173/2018) to the European Committee on Social Rights, ICJ and GCR highlight that the Committee has in May 2019 ruled on immediate measures against Greece, to protect the rights of migrant children given the serious concerns about the gravity and urgency of their situation. Greece has failed to implement the decision of the Committee and migrant children remain in detention in Greece. The Committee’s prescription regarding provision of food, water, education, appropriate shelter and health care have neither been fully implemented. Additional challenges now arise from the Covid-19 crisis.
The joint submission focuses mainly on the challenges in the development and implementation of non-custodial alternatives to immigration detention of children and their families in Greece as well as the current Covid-19 pandemic and measures taken in that context by Greece that impact detention of migrant children.
The submission is to be found here.
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