UK Liberty

No place for children

Posted in detention without charge by ukliberty on September 8, 2008

New Statesman launches campaign against the detention of children for immigration reasons:

Throughout its years in government – from Tony Blair’s famous “Education, education, education” speech to the more recent “Every Child Matters” programme – Labour has claimed to champion the needs of the younger generation. For the 2,000 children who are sent to UK immigration detention centres every year, however, these claims ring hollow.

These children are torn from their homes, their communities and their friends, locked up for an indeterminate length of time, and denied adequate education and health care. Their only crime is to have parents who have applied for asylum in the UK. …

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