The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. Francois Crépeau, will dedicate his first thematic report to the Human Rights Council to the issue of detention of migrants in an irregular situation. The report will be presented at the 20th session of the Council, scheduled for June 2012. In this regard, the Special Rapporteur would like to solicit your inputs and contributions.

The report will outline relevant legal provisions and jurisprudence by international and regional human rights mechanisms. The Special Rapporteur intends to examine, inter alia, the following issues and concerns relating to detention: (i) Justification and reason for detention; (ii) Detention regimes; (iii) Detention conditions and application of legal safeguards; (iv)  Special needs and protection concerns of vulnerable groups of migrants (including children, women, families and migrants with mental health issues). Particular emphasis will be given to good practices of alternatives to detention.

Your contribution and suggestions will be greatly appreciated, including through materials and reports already publicly available that you deem of relevance. Please feel encouraged to distribute this call further among your networks.

Kindly send your input to the Special Rapporteur, no later than 30 January 2012, through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ms. Katarina Månsson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and Ms. Federica Donati at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , tel: + 41 22 917 9127/+ 41 22 917 9496; copying: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text31231 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > ). Thank you.

We would also like to seize this opportunity of highlighting some of the activities by the Special Rapporteur since he assumed his functions on 1 August 2011:

· First oral report to the Third Committee of the General Assembly on 21 October 2011

· End of mission statement and press release on the country visit to Albania (5-13 December 2011):

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http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11707&LangID=E <http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11707&LangID=E>  

· http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11708&LangID=E <http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11708&LangID=E>  

· “Dignity has no nationality”: Joint statement with the Chairperson of the Committee on Migrant Workers, Mr. El Jamri, on the occasion of International Migrants Day on 18 December 2011

· http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11721&LangID=E <http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11721&LangID=E>  

In the capacity as secretariat to the mandate, we look forward to continued cooperation and partnership with all of you in the common endeavour to further the realization of the human rights of migrants.

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