Monday 26 August, 2019

Watch: UN calls on US to halt separations of migrant families

The United Nations (UN) human rights office is calling on the administration of US President Donald Trump to end its policy of separating children from their parents after crossing US border with Mexico.

Rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani scolded the US for its "zero tolerance" policy in which some families have been separated after migration across the border.

Shamdasani told a UN briefing on Tuesday that detention is never in the best interests of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation.

She said her office had been told of a case in which a one-year-old child was separated from their family.

"Entry into a country without the right papers should at most be an administrative offence. And it certainly does not warrant jailing children," she said.

 

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