Our joint report “Issues Related to Immigration Detention” was handeled at the 35th session by the United Nations.
The International Refugee Rights Association published together with the Swiss-based organization Global Detention Project the report “Issues Related to Immigration Detention” about rights violations experienced in the Immigration Detention centers in Türkiye. Based on semi-structured interviews with lawyers in Istanbul the report was handled on the 19th of July 2022 at the 35th session actualized by the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies in Geneva. Representing the International Refugee Rights Association Selim Vatandaş and Dilara Karaağaç joined the meeting in Geneva online. While Selim Vatandaş had presented the report, Dilara Karaağaç answered the questions of the committee to the side of Turkey.
The report which considered the existing migration burden in Türkiye with the quantitative data and conditions in the immigration detention centers, discusses the degree to which the legal mechanisms in Türkiye are operating in the inspection of immigration detention centers, as well as the application of existing criteria. In the human rights scale of the report the significancy of following-up the supervision of necessary measures and practices based on migrant rights was also mentioned.
According to the report, on the one hand the capacity of the immigration detention centers in Türkiye was increased, on the other hand there are suspicions about the enhancement of the living conditions in those centers. Besides this the FTF (Foreign Terrorist Fighters) tags processed with the G-87 code are reason for various rights violations. Furthermore, in Türkiye mothers and on some occasions pregnant and breastfeeding women are continued to be taken into custody.
The report can be found on the UN Treaty Body Database for detailed reading.