The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has launched the Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children during an event in Strasbourg from 20 to 21 April 2015.
The campaign was launched with a “living library” event. The “books” are not usual library books but people with personal experiences towards ending child immigration detention to speak about the impacts of immigration detention on children, and the options available to avoid the use of immigration detention.
Speakers at the event included, among others: Anne Brasseur, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Doris Fiala, the General Rapporteur on Ending Immigration Detention of Children, Leeanne Torpey, Global Campaign Coordinator as well as several advocates who were detained themselves.
According to the International Detention Coalition (IDC), is estimated that there are 40,000 children who are detained each year in Europe. To view data on what countries detain children, please click here.
For more information on the launch of the campaign, please click here.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is made up of 318 parliamentarians from the national parliaments of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states, and is one of two organs dedicated to upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and which oversees the European Court of Human Rights.