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Events and activities

High-Level Meeting on Migration and Human Rights, 4 September 2013
OHCHR organised a high-profile meeting in advance of the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in order to raise awareness of the human rights of migrants and to advocate for mainstreaming a human rights-based approach within all four round table discussions of the HLD.

OHCHR Expert consultation on Human Rights, Migration and Governance, 20-21 June 2013
Leading up to the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, OHCHR carried out a series of events and activities in order to ensure that human rights were kept at the centre of all deliberations of the HLD. On 20-21 June 2013, OHCHR organised an expert meeting on migration, human rights and governance. More than fifty participants engaged in this discussion, including representatives from Global Migration Group agencies, human rights mechanisms, Member States, regional organisations, international and regional non-governmental organisations, trade unions and academia.

OHCHR Study on children working and/or living on the street
In its resolution 16/12 adopted on 24 March 2011 the Human Rights Council invited the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct a study on challenges, lessons learnt and best practices in a holistic, child rights and gender-based based approach to protect and promote the rights of children working and/or living on the street, including practices in the collection of disaggregated data and experiences on access to child friendly counselling, complaint and reporting mechanisms to protect the rights of children living and/or working on the streets.

OHCHR-UNHCR Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention, 11-12 May 2011
On 11 and 12 May 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized the first Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention (ATD) of Asylum-Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons in Geneva. The Roundtable concluded that there is no empirical evidence that immigration detention deters irregular migration, and urged States to explore alternatives to such detention.

OHCHR consultation on challenges and best practices in the implementation of the international framework for the protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration, May 2010
Through resolution 12/6 of the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner was asked “to prepare a study on challenges and best practices in the implementation of the international framework for the protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration”. In order to provide input to this study, OHCHR hosted a consultation on protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration on 25 May 2010 in Geneva.

OHCHR Expert consultation of Human Rights at International Borders: Exploring Gaps in Policy and Practice, 22-23 March 2012
On 22-23 March 2012, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in cooperation with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), held an expert meeting on the subject of “Human Rights at International Borders: Exploring Gaps in Policy and Practice”. The aim of the expert meeting was to explore the human rights situation of migrants at international borders as well as the need for enhanced human rights guidance in this respect. 30 experts from academia, Member States, the human rights mechanisms, UN agencies and Global Migration Group agencies, regional organisations, civil society and non-governmental organisations identified human rights concerns as well as normative and practical gaps in the protection of migrants at international borders The experts also discussed strategies that could be useful in filling such gaps, including the need for authoritative human rights guidance in regard to international borders.