UKBA 'detaining children in degrading conditions' at Heathrow - The Guardian, 14 May
Categories: Articles:Asylum & Refugees |
Published: 18/05/2012 |
The Heathrow independent monitoring board (IMB) says children of all ages are being detained at the airport for immigration purposes almost every day, and are sometimes kept overnight.
They are held in rooms that are small, stuffy and have no natural light. There is no access to the open air, no sleeping accommodation and only hand basins for washing. They often share space with unrelated adults and can be held in these conditions for many hours.
Sadly, this is not news for the Children's Legal Centre, who reported on the same conditions
in April 2011: ‘Degrading’ and ‘unsuitable’ child detention at Heathrow a warning sign that UK Border Agency is flouting welfare duties. Almost one year on from the Coalition Government’s pledge to end child detention... children continue to be detained in short term holding facilities, with little improvement of the conditions in which they are held.
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