It is somehow seen as common sense that borders have to be protected – but what about the protection of people and their human rights at borders? Borderlands have gained increasing attention by activists and academics, but policymakers are often lacking in ensuring that basic principles of human rights are guaranteed at the border. Now the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released “Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders”. The document is neither legally binding nor does it introduce a new set of Rights, but it is an important reminder that several core rights are already in place and there is no justification to suspend those at the border. Migrant civil society representatives have Continue reading
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