GENEVA (Reuters) – Teenagers stood inside a metal cage outside U.N. headquarters in Geneva on Monday to punctuate a protest by American and Mexican activists demanding that migrant children in U.S. custody be reunited with parents seeking asylum.
Youths inside a black metal cage wore T-shirts marked #ClassroomsNotCages during a protest in front of the United Nations’ European headquarters. Protesters carried signs saying “Children should not be locked up. Period.”
The American Federation of Teachers filed a complaint with the U.N. Human Rights Council last year about what it calls an “inhumane (U.S.) policy of tearing immigrant children from their families who come to our borders seeking asylum and protection”.
“In the past five months, 2,500 children have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. This is despite a judge’s order to stop and to reunify the children,” Randi Weingarten, AFT president, told a small gathering.