United Nations Slams US For Detention Facilities: 'This Should Never Happen Anywhere'

By Staff Reporter - 05 Aug '19 05:41AM
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GENEVA - The United Nations' human rights chief said Monday she was "appalled" by the conditions migrants and refugees face in U.S. detention facilities, intensifying a challenge to the Trump administration's immigration policies.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said children stopped by border agents should never be held in immigration detention facilities or separated from their families, and detention should not be the norm for adults, either.

"Any deprivation of liberty of adult migrants and refugees should be a measure of last resort," the U.N. commissioner said, appealing for "non-custodial alternatives."

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