RWI Researcher Cited in UN Report “Unlawful Death of Refugees and Migrants”


The Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Research Director Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen‘s research contributed to a recently published report from the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

The UN report calls on states to address the ongoing human rights crisis. In the report, special rapporteur Dr. Agnes Callamard emphasizes the importance and necessity of states to prioritize the protection of the right to life in their migration policies.

Moreover the report focuses on the mass causalities of refugees and migrants in the course of their movement. Gammeltoft-Hansen’s work, written in cooperation with James C. Hathaway at University of Michigan Law School, “Non-Refoulement in a World of Cooperative Deterrence,” is cited twice. It has been described as providing a complete analysis for aiding and assisting foundational responsibility.

“The report is extremely damning and is being shared widely right now,” Gammeltoft-Hansen says. “It goes to the heart of the structural problems regarding border control policies and linking it to the widespread death of migrants and refugees.”

Read the UN report here: “Unlawful death of refugees and migrants”