The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee has adopted a resolution declaring that the arrest or detention of children based solely on their migration status should be a last resort.
Tuesday’s nonbinding resolution, adopted by consensus, is a measure of world opinion after the United States saw tens of thousands of children arrive at its borders from Central America earlier this year. The resolution’s co-sponsors include some of the countries the children were leaving, chiefly Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.
Most of the children were fleeing violence or poverty.
The resolution calls on countries to focus on family reunification, and stresses the potential for human rights abuses as children move across international borders, at times unaccompanied. The measure names no specific country.
It now goes to the General Assembly.