Pax Christi International signs onto joint oral statement, "Unaccompanied migrant children: a call to respect their human rights"
During the 33rd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, 13-30 September 2016, Pax Christi International joined other NGOs in delivering to the HRC Advisory Committee a Joint oral statement entitled, "Unaccompanied migrant children: a call to respect their human rights". The statement begins:
APG23 and 12 co-signing NGOs welcome the Study of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee entitled, “ The global issue of unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents and human rights”.
This study is very timely and it documents how the phenomenon of unaccompanied migrant children is global in proportion and complex.
Based on our experience of caring for unaccompanied migrant children, we would like to state that:
Given conflict, disaster, climate, economic and other drivers of international migration, and the millions of families scattered across borders worldwide, the migration of unaccompanied children is rising rapidly. Whether on the move or blocked at borders without the possibility of moving to reunite with their parents, relatives and friends, unaccompanied migrant children are exposed to situations of extreme vulnerability...