The present report, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution
43/6, provides an account of the activities undertaken by the Special Rapporteur on the
human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, during the reporting period. It also
provides a thematic study on means to address the human rights impact of pushbacks of migrants on land and at sea.
The practice of “pushbacks” is widespread and exists along most migration routes.
Pushbacks manifest an entrenched prejudice against migrants and demonstrate a denial of States’ international obligations to protect the human rights of migrants at international borders. The report provides an examination of current pushback practices and trends and an analysis of their impact on the human rights of migrants. The Special Rapporteur concludes that, in the absence of an individualized assessment for each migrant concerned and other procedural safeguards, pushbacks result in human rights violations incompatible with States’ obligations under international human rights law, in particular, the prohibition of collective expulsion and refoulement.
Author(s): Felipe González Morales
Full Title: Report on means to address the human rights impact of pushbacks of migrants on land and at sea
Publisher or Journal: UN Human Rights Council
Year of Publication: 2021
Document Type: Document