Episode 20: Tabitha’s story

It would be wrong to think that the European Court of Human Rights is incapable of finding immigration detention in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.

For example, when a lone five year old was kept in a detention centre in Belgium for two months, the Court found violation after violation of the Convention.

However, this raises the question: how bad must the treatment of a migrant be before the Strasbourg Court reacts?

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Episode nineteen: Immigration detention not to be resorted to lightly

In this episode, I discuss the judgment of the Inter-American Court in the case of Vélez Loor v. Panama.

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The victim was a migrant who had been caught inexplicably wandering in the jungle by the Panamanian police. He was detained. At some stage, he thought he would die without his family ever knowing what had happened to him.

The government of Panama accepted responsibility regarding the material conditions of his ten-month detention but disputed other claims.

Amongst other things, the Inter-American Court ruled that immigration detention should only ever be used as a last resort.

As migrants are detained in their thousands in Europe, the judgment reminds us that immigration detention is not a phenomenon that goes without saying.

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