Hundreds of Children Detained in Remote Facilities Around the World: Report


Activists gather at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation at in Australia to protest children in detention in April 2011.

Hundreds of children are held around the world in secure and remote detention facilities, according to a new report by the The International Detention Coalition (IDC).

The report, “Captured Childhood,” contains interviews with children from around the world, and makes arguments based on international law to end their detention. ICD found that Australia currently holds 528 children in such facilities; France detained 356 children with families in 2010.

IDC has joined with organizations from 50 countries to form a coalition to work with governments to end the practice of detaining children and their families. Among them is The Women’s Refugee Commission, which has found that more than 9,000 immigrant children were taken into custody in the United States in 2010.

Read the report here.

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