Global Border Deaths – Links

The Last Rights Project will address legal gaps and failures and develop international best practice and procedure for working with dead, missing and bereaved refugees and migrants to ensure their rights are respected. This will take the form of an over-arching protocol setting out the relevant international law, followed by best practice/procedure guidance for all those working in the field.

Border Memories: 12 scholars from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden explore the interplay of the past and the present in various borderzones characterized by migration.

Colibri Centre for Human Rights: The Missing Migrant Project, partnering with families and forensic scientists to collect missing persons reports and help identify the dead at the US-Mexico border.

Human Costs of Border Control: The Deaths at the Borders Database is the first collection of official, state-produced evidence on people who died while attempting to reach southern EU countries from the Balkans, the Middle East, and North & West Africa, and whose bodies were found in or brought to Europe. Hosted by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

UNHCR Refugees/Migrants Emergency Response: a coordination tool for refugee situations provided by UNHCR including routes from Africa and the Middle East to Europe and South East Asia at the Thai-Myanmar border. For the Mediterranean Situation, data includes on sea arrivals, deaths and missing persons.

Missing Migrants Project (IOM): tracks deaths of migrants and those who have gone missing along migratory routes worldwide since 2013.

Last Rights Project: Creating a new framework of respect for the rights of missing & dead refugees and migrants and bereaved family members.

The Left-to-Die Boat, Forensic Architecture, Forensic Oceanography Project. Launched in 2011 to support a coalition of NGOs demanding accountability for the deaths of migrants in the central Mediterranean Sea while that region was being tightly monitored by the NATO-led coalition intervening in Libya.

Detention Logs (Australia): publishing data, documents and investigations that reveal new perspectives on conditions and events inside immigration detention, including deaths.

Refugee Rights Watch: gathers and tracks reports of incidents and abuses involving asylum seekers and refugees within the Australian immigration system, including deaths.

UNITED Against Racism and Fascism list of deaths (Europe)

Coalicion de Derechos Humanos Recovered Human Remains Project (USA)

Institute of Race Relations Roll Call of Deaths (UK): 1989-2001,2002-20042005

SIEV-X Memorial Site (Australia)

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Report, ‘Lives Lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible?’, March 29, 2012.

Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Immigration Detention Network, Final Report, March 30, 2012

Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea 2011: Complaint filed by survivors and NGO coalition holds French military responsible for deaths of 63 migrants traveling from Libya in March 2011. Click here to read the formal complaint [French only].

Report of independent experts on the deaths of 63 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, March 2011. ‘Forensic Oceanography: Report on Left-to-die-Boat’ by Charles Heller, Lorenzo Pezzani and Situ Studio, April 2012.

Abolish Foreignness: Fortress Australia Asylum Seeker and Migrant Deaths Statistics (Australia)

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Open Democracy, Dr Leanne Weber’s article ‘Death at the Global Frontier’

WatchtheMed monitors and maps in almost real-time, reported cases of migrants in distress at sea, failure in legal obligations towards them and deaths.

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New Matilda 2-part timeline on the Pacific Solution 2001-2012, compiled by Wendy Bacon – Part I and Part II