UN rights boss de­plores de­ten­tion of mi­grants in Europe

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

GENEVA—The U.N. hu­man rights chief on Monday de­cried a “wor­ry­ing rise” in de­ten­tions of mi­grants in Greece and Italy and urged author­i­ties to find al­ter­na­tives to con­fin­ing chil­dren while asy­lum re­quests are pro­cessed.

More than one mil­lion mi­grants, many flee­ing Syria’s war, have ar­rived in Europe through Greece since last year. More than 150,000 have come in 2016 so far - 38 per­cent of them chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to United Na­tions refugee agency data. Italy has also set up manda­tory de­ten­tion cen­ters.

“Even un­ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren are fre­quently placed in prison cells or cen­ters ringed with barbed wire. De­ten­tion is never in the best in­ter­ests of the child – which must take pri­macy over im­mi­gra­tion ob­jec­tives,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein said in a speech to the U.N. Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in Geneva.—Reuters

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