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UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by conditions detained migrants face in U.S. centres

Migrant children are led by staff in single file between tents at a detention facility next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

The U.N.’s human rights chief has challenged Trump administration policies and said she is “appalled” by the conditions facing detained migrants and refugees in the United States.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Monday that children should never be held in immigration detention facilities or separated from their families.

She appealed for “non-custodial alternatives” for migrants and refugees who are caught entering the U.S. illegally.

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U.N. rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the commissioner decided to speak out more forcefully than before after the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general issued a report last week warning of dangerous conditions in U.S. detention facilities.

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Bachelet acknowledged the “sovereign prerogative” of countries to set the conditions under which foreigners are permitted to enter and stay but also highlighted their human rights obligations.

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