The Forgotten Children Report
Precedent, Issue 128, May/June, Australia: Australian Lawyers Alliance, 48-51.
8 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 29, 2016
The report of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) most recent national inquiry into the impact of immigration detention on children, ‘The Forgotten Children’, was publicly released in February 2015 and immediately dismissed by then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, as ‘a political stitch-up’. This article considers what the inquiry found concerning the impact of detention on children and its legality under international law. It also reflects on whether the recent release of some children from detention constitutes a victory for human rights.
Keywords: Immigration detention, refugees, international law, rights of the child
JEL Classification: I18, K33
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