Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants 

REDRESS made this short submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Mr François Crépeau, for his consultation on the issue of detention of migrants in an irregular situation.  Torture often targets the vulnerable in society, and in many circumstances migrants fall within that category.  REDRESS submitted that detention of migrants provides the conditions in which torture and other forms of ill-treatment may, and often do, occur. 

REDRESS drew Mr Crépeau’s attention to two cases in which it has been involved raising issues of torture and detention of migrants.  In the first, the European Court of Human Rights found that REDRESS’s client, Mr Necati Zontul, had been tortured by Greek coastguards who were responsible for detaining him.  In the second, before the Ecuador Constitutional Court, REDRESS made submissions on the additional vulnerability of torture survivors who are detained and how in such cases detention may of itself amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or torture.

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