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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