UN Human Rights Press Release on US Immigration Ban

1 February, 2017

Please see the press release by the United Nations – Human Rights Office of High Commissioner on the immigration ban by the Trump administration in the United States.

“GENEVA (1 February 2017) – A group of United Nations human rights experts today said that the Executive Order signed by US President Donald Trump on 27 January 2017 breaches the country’s international human rights obligations, which protect the principles of non-refoulement and non-discrimination based on race, nationality or religion.

The Presidential Executive Order bars all nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries -Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen- from entering the US for the next 90 days.

“Such an order is clearly discriminatory based on one’s nationality and leads to increased stigmatization of Muslim communities ,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on migrants, François Crépeau; on racism, Mutuma Ruteere; on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson; on torture, Nils Melzer; and on freedom of religion, Ahmed Shaheed.

“The US recent policy on immigration also risks people being returned, without proper individual assessments and asylum procedures, to places in which they risk being subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, in direct contravention of international humanitarian and human rights laws which uphold the principle of non-refoulement,” they warned.”

See more here.

Trump : le décret anti-immigration provoque la consternation partout dans le monde

Entrevue de François Crépeau à la Première Chaine de Radio-Canada
31 January, 2017

François Crépeau a donné une entrevue à Michel Desautels à son émission « Desautels le dimanche » sur le décret anti-immigration et la situation des obligations internationales des États-Unis en matière des droits des réfugiés.

Pour écouter son entrevue, veuillez visiter la page de l’émission sur ce thème, ou cliquer ici. Vous pouvez également écouter la baladodiffusion de l’émission du 29 janvier en entier ici.

End of Mission of the UN Special Rapporteur in Australia

Press releases
19 November, 2016

Please see the press release and end-of-mission statement which were issued yesterday at the end of my country visit to Australia. They received substantial press coverage, see below:

Wall Street Journal

New York Times



General Coverage

Radio NZ


AP syndicated throughout the US

AAP: Australian wire story picked up by Australian outlets:

AFP wires – Europe and Australia

Australia Fairfax Syndicated throughout Australia and rural Australia 


UN Radio

Migration control is not only about keeping people out – UN experts call for vision and leadership

UN Special Rapporteur delivers his annual report to UN
24 October, 2016

I’ll be delivering my annual report to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly this afternoon between 1500 and 1800 EDT (New York time).

The meeting will be webcast live on UN Web TV : http://webtv.un.org/

Below is the press statement, with a link to the report:

NEW YORK (24 October 2016) – Migration governance cannot be only about closing borders and keeping people out, said two United Nations human rights experts calling on UN member states to develop long-term strategies and policies to facilitate rather than restrict migration.

“A fundamental shift in the way migration is perceived and framed is needed,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, and the Chair of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Jose S. Brillantes. “We must regulate mobility by opening regular, safe, accessible and affordable migration channels. We must also promote integration and celebrate diversity.”
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