Captured childhood : Introducing a new model to ensure the rights and liberty of refugee, asylum seeker and irregular migrant children affected by migration

Março 30, 2012 às 9:00 pm | Publicado em Relatório | Deixe um comentário
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The International Detention Coalition today, 21 March, 2012, launches its policy document “Captured Childhood” in Geneva at the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council. Over the past two years, the IDC has heard first-hand the stories of children and parents from all over the world who have experienced immigration detention. In total 70 children were interviewed and we also listened to the experiences of 16 parents of children who had been detained. Consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this policy document conveys the stories of children who have been in immigration detention.

Their experiences highlight the need for alternative approaches to managing the irregular migration of children.

The report also introduces a new model to ensure the rights and liberty of refugee, asylum seeker and irregular migrant children affected by immigration detention.

Read more about the report and IDC’s Child-Sensitive Community Assessment & Placement (CCAP) model

View or download the entire IDC Policy Document

Go to the main page about CCAP

The legal status of unaccompanied children within the International, European and National frameworks

Janeiro 10, 2012 às 1:00 pm | Publicado em Relatório, Uncategorized | Deixe um comentário
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This document constitutes a first stage of the PUCAFREU project research process and proposes a theoretical and legal analysis of the legal treatment and status of unaccompanied migrant and asylum seeking children in different contexts and at different levels. However, considering that within the EU context the term predominantly used is “unaccompanied children” or “unaccompanied minors”, in this document the term of “unaccompanied children” is given priority. Moreover, as the contents of this document apply to all unaccompanied children, there will not be reference specifically to “unprotected unaccompanied children”.

With regard to the contents, the first chapter of this document examines the contents of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its interpretation of – and adequate implementation to – the situation of unaccompanied children. This chapter is divided in four main sections. In the second stage, those children’s rights are studied that are directly linked to the care and protection of unaccompanied children. The third section deals with durable solutions particularly focusing on those that are often implemented to unaccompanied children within the European context. Finally, the fourth section is devoted to other rights or contents of the United Nations Convention that are relevant to the unaccompanied children’s legal treatment and status.

Summing up, the contents of this document reflect an overview of the legal regulations concerning unaccompanied children at both international (United Nations, European
Union and Council of Europe context) and national levels.These contents also identify some of the potential gaps and contradictions in legal regulations and constitute an ample basis from which to explore the probable root causes leading unaccompanied children living in the European Union space to refuse, abandon or be excluded from institutional care services and hence become unprotected.

Annual Report Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2010

Agosto 17, 2011 às 1:00 pm | Publicado em Relatório | Deixe um comentário
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The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has issued its Annual Report Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2010. Chapter 4 is dedicated to the rights of the child and protection of children. It covers issues of violence against children, including sexual abuse and exploitation, child-friendly justice, the situation of separated children in a migration or asylum context, as well as data availability issues.

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