Migrants rights: A new campaign is launched

More and more governments around the world are using detention as a migration management tool. The International Coalition on Detention of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants is a recently formed coalition of non-governmental groups and individuals working around the world. It provides legal, social and other services, carries out research and reporting, and engages in advocacy and policy work on behalf of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers. Members of the coalition come together to share information and promote best practices on the use of detention vis-à-vis this population. Their aim is to raise awareness of detention policies and practices and promote the use of international and regional human rights standards and principles. The Jesuit Refugee Service?s direct experience of the suffering that government detention policies inflict on refugees, asylum- seekers and migrants has resulted in its becoming a member of the steering committee of this new coalition, and it is wholly committed to promoting its work. The coalition will be formally launched on 20th June 2006, World Refugee Day. Groups are already working on organising launch events in Washington DC, Australia, Canada, Rome, Brussels, Nairobi, possibly in London, Lebanon, India, and South Africa. There may be more launch events announced in the next couple of weeks. JRS would like to extend a warm invitation to partners in the Social Apostolate and to all those interested to get involved and even to organise similar events. To find out if there is a launch event being organised in your area or for any other information, contact Melanie Teff, JRS Advocacy Coordinator, at:melanie.teff@jrs.net.