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Friday, October 15, 2004

UK: Detaining Children

In an article in Guardian discussing children's rights:
In this country, children can be locked up even if they have committed no crime. In June, 60 asylum-seeking children were held in immigration removal or "reception" centres. The government had an opportunity to end detention this year, as another asylum bill passed through parliament. But there was no softening of policy. Instead, a new offence has been introduced of entering the country without documents, carrying the same two-year prison sentence for children and adults.


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