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The recast “Reception Conditions Directive” is a recast of a previous Directive (Council Directive 2003/9/EC of 27 January 2003), with implementation deadline of 21 July 2015. The Directive covers also detention of asylum seekers (artt. 8-10) and of vulnerable persons and minors (art. 11).
The Joint General Comment of the CMW and CRC addresses the human rights of all children, independently of their or their parents’ status, in the context of international migration. Fundamental principles like non-discrimination, the best interests of the child and the right to be heard need to be integrated by States Parties into migration-related frameworks, policies and practices.
The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (Council of Europe Treaty Series – No. 197) was adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 3 May 2005 and entered into force on 1 February 2008. It has been ratified by all the member States of the Council of Europe with the exception of the Russian Federation.
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly establishes that child protection rather than immigration control should be the driving concern in how countries deal with unaccompanied children. Unaccompanied children should never be detained. The detention of children on the basis of their or their parents’ immigration status is contrary to the best interests of the child and constitutes a child rights violation as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly invites to closely monitor the situation of the detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants and establishes guiding principles in relation to legally permissible detention and minimum standards for conditions of detention. Furthermore, it encourages member states to examine and use to a much greater extent alternatives to detention.