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Seminar on immigrant children’s rights held in Geneva
By:chinahumanrights.org
update:March 04,2020
March 4,2020 -- The permanent mission of China in Geneva and the permanent mission of Venezuela in Geneva held a seminar on immigrant children’s rights at the Palais des Nations, Geneva on March 2nd. The seminar focused on the infringement of the rights of immigrant children in the US and called on the US to fulfill its obligations under the international human rights law.
 
Nilina, professor with the University of California at Berkeley and Lu Zhian, deputy director of the Centre for Human Rights Studies in Fudan University, pointed out that some American immigration policies which lead to family separation infringe the rights of immigrant children.
 
Nilina said that according to the UN reports, more than 70,000 immigrant children have been detained by the US which is the country that has detained the most immigrant children. Along the US-Mexico border, 5,500 children have been incarcerated and separated from their families. The conditions of these detention centers are terrible, which causes a serious humanitarian crisis. Besides, the problem of extreme poverty is still serious in the US. Ordinary immigration families cannot afford medical insurance and immigrant children’s rights to health cannot be fully guaranteed.
 
Lu said that the US is the only country in the world that has not signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The America-First policies of the Trump administration that repel immigrants are the root cause of the infringement of immigrant children’s rights in the US. The US interferes with other countries’ domestic affairs on the pretext of human rights but ignores its own human rights abuses, which is a double standard.
 
The experts called on the international community to pay attention to the situation of immigrant children along the US-Mexico border, especially those in the detention centers. They also urged the US to abolish the policies which infringe immigrant children’s rights.
 
By:Zhou Tianyu
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