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Request to endorse the global campaign to end the immigration detention of children

Request to endorse the global campaign to end the immigration detention of children

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A formal letter to ask organisation working on immigration detention or child rights to endorse a global campaign to end the immigration detention of children.
www.idcoalition.org/children
A formal letter to ask organisation working on immigration detention or child rights to endorse a global campaign to end the immigration detention of children.
www.idcoalition.org/children

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Published by: International Detention Coalition on Feb 15, 2012
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Callforsupport:
Globalcampaigntoendtheimmigrationdetentionofchildren
Refugee,asylumseekerandmigrantchildrensimplydonotbelongindetention.Howeverresearchshowsthatchilddetentionisagrowingproblemandamajorprotectiongapworldwide.TheInternationalDetentionCoalition(IDC)willlaunchaglobalcampaigntoendtheimmigrationdetentionofchildrenattheUNHumanRightsCouncilinMarchthisyearaswellasinanumberofcountries.Weneedyoursupporttobuildandputpressureongovernmentstostartusingchildfriendlyprocedures,orforthosethatalreadydo,weneedtoaskthemtosharegoodpracticeswithothers.Thecampaigntoendchilddetentionwillbeopentoanyonesupportingourposition,aslaidoutinapolicydocumentonchilddetentionbasedonresearchinfivecontinentswhereinalmost80formerlydetainedchildrenwereinterviewed.Thecentralargumentnottodetainchildren,theirfamiliesandunaccompaniedorseparatedminorsisbasedonthreeprinciples:1.
 
Undocumentedchildmigrantsare,firstandforemost,children.2.
 
Thebestinterestsofthechildmustbeaprimaryconsiderationinanyactiontakeninrelationtothechild.3.
 
Thelibertyofthechildisafundamentalhumanright.Thiscampaignthenisaboutchildrightsbutequallyabouthumanrightsandrefugeerights.Thiscampaignfocusesspecificallyonchildrendetainedforimmigrationpurposes,includingchildrefugees,asylumseekersandirregularmigrants,howevertheIDCvisionofalternativestodetentionisfarbroader.YoucanreadmoreaboutwhyandhowimmigrationdetentionshouldonlybeusedasaverylastresortintheIDChandbook“
Therearealternatives
”(www.idcoalition.org/cap).Wearelookingfororganisationstosupportourcampaigninanumberofways.
 
TheIDCwillorganizeasideeventatthe
UNHumanRightsCouncilonthe21
st 
ofMarch2012
topresentthechildfocusedresearchatapaneldiscussiononchilddetention.Alsoonthatday,theofficialcampaignfilmclipandwebsitewillbelaunchedpubliclyandanumberofcountrieswillengagemediawithformerlydetainedchildrenorbyothermeans.Letusknowifyoucanhelp.
 
Wealsoneedhelpwithcollectingmorewrittenorrecordedstories,dataaboutchilddetentionorgoodpracticesinvariouscountries,campaignrepresentativesatregionalandinternationalforumsandmore.
 
Wearelookingforpartnerswhoarewillingtoendorsethecampaignwiththeirongoingnationalorinternationalworkordirectlyparticipateincampaignactivities.ThealliancewillbebroaderthanjustIDCmembersandopentoeveryonewhocanadheretoourposition.Letmeknowwhetheryourorganisationwillendorsethiscriticalcampaign.Ifyes,wewillaskyouseparatelywhetheryouwishyourendorsementtobepublicornot.Non-memberscanfillouttheformatwww.idcoalition.org/children.IDCmemberscanalsosendanemailtotheIDCSecretariatexpressingyourinterest.Don’thesitatetocontactmeformoreinformation.
 
KindregardsJeroenVanHove
CampaignCoordinator 
,InternationalDetentionCoalition(IDC)C/HubLevel3,673BourkeSt,Melbourne,Vic3000,AustraliaTel:+61399991607,Fax:+61396297213,Email:jvanhove@idcoalition.orgSkype:idc.campaignFollowusontwitter@idcmonitorwww.idcoalition.org/children
 

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