An open letter from the women of Australia to PM Turnbull on mandatory detention of women and children

on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. Posted in Panel on the Concerns of Women Experiencing Disadavantage, Transform, Topical Issues, Press Releases, ACLW Supporting External Campaigns

An open letter from the women of Australia to PM Turnbull on mandatory detention of women and children

Mandatory detention of women and children on Nauru and Manus Island has become a long-term, indeterminate, unreviewable and unjust course of action as the Australian Human Rights Commission found in its National Enquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.

Mandatory detention has not been proportionate and just. Australia is required to explore all alternatives to detention prior to detaining a child.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) specifically states that children are entitled to prompt and effective review of the legality of detention (article 37(d), CRC; article 9(4) ICCPR).

Unaccompanied children are entitled to special protection (article 20(1), CRC).

The best interests of the child must be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children (article 3(1), CRC). Australia.

PM Turnbull needs to ensure that the detention of unauthorised arrival of children is a measure of last resort and not the first option. As a matter of urgency, please review Australia's immigration detention laws to comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Diann Rodgers-Healey

 

Please consider signing the Change.org Petition by Luisa Low to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and The Hon. Bill Shorten:

 

An open letter from the women of Australia to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

by Luisa Low