Report: Beyond Detention: A Global Strategy to support governments to end the detention of asylum seekers and refugees 2016-19 - UNHCR
Friday, August 19, 2016

UNHCR created 'Global Strategy - Beyond Detention 2014-2019', which aims to support governments to make the detention of asylum-seekers an exceptional rather than routine practice.

The three main goals of the strategy are to

  • End the detention of children
  • Ensure that alternatives to detention are available in law and implemented in practice
  • Ensure that conditions of detention where detention is necessary and unavoidable meet international standards by, inter alia, securing access to places of immigration detention for UNHCR and/or partners and carrying out regular monitoring.

The Global Strategy will be implemented at country and regional level, through the development of specific national plans of action. These will include a set of specific actions and initiatives that would need to be developed in order to achieve the overall global goals, including advocacy, awareness-raising and campaigning, cooperation and capacity-building, strengthening partnerships, information sharing, data collection and reporting, research and monitoring.
UNHCR has identified a number of countries to work with initially to revisit detention practices and to strengthen alternatives to detention, including Canada, Hungary, Indonesia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia. UNHCR plans to expand this group of countries over the coming five years.

Read the Baseline Report and the Progress Report Mid-2016 at UNHCR

Source: The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC