“We strongly believe that immigration detention is never under any circumstance in the best interests of the child,”
Wednesday 11 February 2015
End Child Detention Coalition expresses deep concern over children in detention report
The Australian Coalition to End Immigration Detention of Children has expressed deep concern over the findings of the AHRC’s report into children in immigration detention, released today.
The Coalition, which comprises a number of faith, secular and non-government organisations, said that the findings of the AHRC’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention were extremely disturbing.
“We are very concerned about the findings of this report – particularly the insurmountable psychological damage that is being done to these children,” spokesperson for the Australian Coalition to End Immigration Detention of Children, Oliver White, said.
“This is an evidence-based, rigorous and reliable report that not only highlights the terrible conditions of immigration detention of children but the impact of these conditions on children in the long-term.
“The key human rights concern here is the prolonged damage that immigration detention does – and is doing – to these children, especially on Nauru where 119 children remain with an uncertain future.
“The report makes clear that Australian law and policy breaches the important human rights principle that children are only detained as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.
“We strongly believe that immigration detention is never under any circumstance in the best interests of the child,” Mr White said.
The report supports and adds to the large body of evidence that children are being psychologically damaged in detention showing that little has changed since the AHRC’s last report on children in detention was released 10 years ago – the mandatory detention of children remains entrenched in Australian law and policy.
“The report shows the effects of detention cause despair, anxiety and depression in children. And the effects last long after children are released into the community,” Mr White said.
The Coalition is calling on the Australian Government to immediately release all children from detention both in Australia and on Nauru.
MEDIA: Australian Coalition to End Immigration Detention of Children spokesperson Oliver White is available for interview. Please contact Jackie Hanafie on 0412 652 439.