Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says she is “appalled” by the conditions in which migrants are being held in U.S. detention centers. According to OHCHR, she emphasized that children shouldn’t ever be separated from their families or held in detention centers.
“As a pediatrician, but also as a mother and a former head of State, I am deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions,” Bachelet said. “Detaining a child even for short periods under good conditions can have a serious impact on their health and development - consider the damage being done every day by allowing this alarming situation to continue.”
Bachelet said that the authorities should try to find an alternative method of handling their immigration influx. “Any deprivation of liberty of adult migrants and refugees should be a measure of last resort,” she said.
She also pointed out that after a “perilous” journey “in search of protection and dignity,” immigrants should not find themselves “locked in undignified conditions.”
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