The Convention was adopted by resolution 44/252 of 20 November 1989 at the Forty-fourth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It entered into force on 2 September 1990. The States Parties amount to 196 (in October 2021) and is the most widely ratified international instrument world-wide. The Convention provides for a set of rights to which all children are entitled.
Key Words Archives: Best interests of the child
The UN Special Rapporteur highlights that immigration detention practices across the globe, whether de jure or de facto, put children at risk of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
UNHCR’s Global Strategy – Beyond Detention 2014-2019 aims to make the detention of asylum-seekers an exceptional rather than routine practice. The first main global goal is to end the detention of children.
This UNHCR paper provides options and standards for governments on care arrangements and alternatives to detention for children and families.
These Guidelines reflect the current state of international law relating to the detention of asylum-seekers and are intended to guide governments and decision-makers, including judges.