Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention, 11-12 May 2011

On 11 and 12 May 2011, OHCHR and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organized a Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention (ATD) of Asylum-Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons in Geneva. Thirty eight participants from 19 countries took part, drawn from governments, international organizations, human rights mechanisms, national human rights institutions, national and international non-governmental organizations and academic experts. The discussion was informed by a number of research papers. The roundtable follows up on a number of events, including a panel discussion on the human rights of migrants in detention centers held during the 12th session of the Human Rights Council in 2009.