This guide for parliamentarians was prepared by the Council of Europe’s Children’s Right’s Division aiming to help Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Campaign to end immigration detention of children. This guide is based on an experience of Doris Fiala, General Rapporteur for Parliamentary Campaign to end immigration detention of children who has visited places were liberty of children has been taken away. Having the opportunity to witness negative effects of detention on children`s health and development has made Ms. Fiala realize how important role parliamentarians have in ending immigration detention of children.
“Migrant children should never be detained on grounds of their or their parents’ migration status. Detention is never in their best interest, whether travelling alone or with their families.” said Nils Muižnieks Commissioner for Human Rights, also pointing out that in order to avoid detention children may hide from the authorities, only becoming more vulnerable to trafficking, smuggling and other types of abuse and exploitation.
This guide shows why parliamentarians should be visiting these places, what are the negative effects of detention for children, what are alternative solutions, who has the right to take children’s freedom away, for what reasons, when and where. The guide provides detailed instructions to the parliamentarians on how to prepare for the visit, how to behave, what should they pay attention to, how to make interviews and what are the key steps after the visit.