Netherlands must curb immigration detention and counter-terrorism measures. Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on the Netherlands.

Index Number: EUR 35/7165/2017

In the Netherlands, the number of people in immigration detention is on the rise after years of decline, in a detention regime that maintains its punitive character, routinely depriving irregular migrants of their rights.

Amnesty International therefore regrets the Netherlands’ rejection of recommendations to reduce immigration detention, to prioritize the use of alternative measures, and to ensure that vulnerable individuals and children are excluded from detention. The Netherlands must put an immediate end to the use of isolation and solitary confinement as disciplinary measures.

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