1 Detention is the holding of individuals against their will depriving them of their freedom physically to go to or leave a certain place (‘liberté d’aller et de venir’). If effected by or on the orders of a State authority, it restricts the right to liberty guaranteed under various instruments of international law (Liberty, Right to, International Protection). If the measure of detention is part of a criminal procedure against the person concerned, it is usually characterized as an arrest. 2 The act of detaining a person is to be legally distinguished from...
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