Government must go further says Amnesty International

Amnesty International welcomes the announcement that the unlawful detention of children under the age of ten in onshore Immigration Detention Centres will end.

The Government has announced new bridging visa arrangements for young children and their families in onshore detention, releasing them into the community on bridging visas, if they arrived before 19 July last year.

But the continued detention of children and their families in the appalling conditions on Nauru and Christmas Island remains unaddressed.

“We support the Government’s admission that mandatory detention is costly and damaging,” said Dr Graham Thom, Refugee Coordinator for Amnesty International.

“But given this has been acknowledged by the Government, it must also release kids from detention on Nauru and Christmas Island and expand this announcement to include children over the age of ten.”

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