Migration and displacement 27 November 2018 16:30 - 18:00

Humanizing borders

What are the dynamics created between the States, the affected people and humanitarian organizations working at borders? What are 'humanitarian borders' and can it help address some of the issues, including access to international protection, non-refoulement and use of force? This discussion on 'humanizing' borders, took place two weeks before the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration in Marrakesh, featuring representatives of affected communities, international organizations and academia.

Video

Speakers & panellists

Helen Durham
Moderator

Helen Durham

Director of International Law and Policy, ICRC

Abdul Karim Albrem
Speaker

Abdul Karim Albrem

Youth Ambassador at UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council

Pia Oberoi
Speaker

Pia Oberoi

Advisor on Migration and Human Rights, OHCHR

Polly Pallister-Wilkins
Speaker

Polly Pallister-Wilkins

Assistant professor in international relations and conflict resolution and governance at the University of Amsterdam

Helen Obregón Gieseken
Speaker

Helen Obregón Gieseken

Legal adviser, ICRC Legal Division

About the conference

Borders were created to protect States and their citizens. Border management should also take into account humanitarian considerations including on issues related to immigration detention, use of force at borders and the principle of non refoulement and must also respect legal obligations.

This discussion on 'humanizing' borders took place two weeks before the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration in Marrakesh and featured representatives of affected communities, international organizations and academia. What are the dynamics created between the States, the affected people and humanitarian organizations working at borders? What are 'humanitarian borders' and can it help address some of the issues, including access to international protection, non-refoulement and use of force at borders? And how can States, as those with the primary responsibility, together with humanitarian organisations make borders more 'humane', so that people are not put under more risk and their needs are adequately addressed?

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Date & Time

27 November 2018 16:30 - 18:00

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Venue address

Humanitarium
17 avenue de la paix, 1202 Geneva