Unaccompanied children dumped on Nauru
Australia's Immigration MInister is guardian to any asylum seeker child who arrives without an adult relative. On 16 February 2014 Minister Morrison decided it was in the best interests of ten Hazara boys that they be sent to indefinite detention on the remote island nation of Nauru. Here they will have no formal education, limited healthcare, limited recreation, very limited internet access (ie: very difficult to stay in touch with any remaining family members or outside community). The policy states that asylum seekers sent to Nauru will never be settled in Australia and will face a lifetime on Nauru meaning a lifetime separated from any family.
ChilOut took two independent health professionals inside Darwin's so-called Alternative Places of Detention. Our observations leave huge concern for women and babies.
Australia is today locking up at least 1,144 children.
126 children are detained on Nauru. They will never be resettled in Australia, even if found to be refugees.
Australia is the only Refugee Convention signatory to have a policy of mandatory, indefinite detention for asylum seekers.
- Opposed to the indefinite, mandatory detention of children.
- Opposed to offshore detention and 'resettlement' in PNG or Nauru.
- Opposed to the use of remote locations of detention for families and children for any length of time.
- In favour of an independent guardian for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Australia. The Minister with the power to detain children cannot also be the person appointed to act in their best interest.
- Opposed to Temporary Protection Visas
- Going to continue to operate until there is federal legislation to ensure no child is detained in an Australian immigration detention centre (or any such renamed facility) for more than 14 days.
A not-for-profit community group who seek to increase public awareness by providing accurate information showing what is happening to children inside Australia's immigration detention facilities. We hold to account those responsible for the gap between what policy promises and delivers.
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