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OHCHR's Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders

International borders are not zones of exclusion or exception for human rights obligations. States are entitled to exercise jurisdiction at their international borders, but they must do so in light of their human rights obligations. This means that the human rights of all persons at international borders must be respected in the pursuit of border control, law enforcement and other State objectives, regardless of which authorities perform border governance measures and where such measures take place.

OHCHR has developed a set of Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders with a view to translating the international human rights framework into practical border governance measures.

The Principles and Guidelines will be provided to the 69th session of the General Assembly as a document accompanying the report of the Secretary-General on the Protection of Migrants (A/69/277).

The Guidelines will be launched at a side event organised on the margins of the 69th session of the General Assembly in New York on 23 October 2014 from 13:15 to 14:45 (ECOSOC Chamber, CB). This event will be webcast live on UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/ 

Opening statement, Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights launch in NY

A parallel event will be held at OHCHR's regional Office in Brussels on 22 October 2014 from 10:30 to 12:30.

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