Mar. 9th, 2015

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The most important news since I was last able to post an update is the release of the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014 report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The government delayed making the report public for as long as it could, in the meantime pressuring the head of the Commission, Gillian Triggs, to resign. When she refused, their final recourse was to smear her and the report as best they could.

Rather than dwelling on the guvmint's desperate, dirty tricks, I recommend you have a look at the report itself, or, if time is short, its Findings and Recommendations.

Also useful reading:
The Devastating Children In Detention Report Has Finally Been Tabled: Here's What It Says
Children in detention exposed to danger, Human Rights Commission finds
Gillian Triggs' piece in the SMH, Never Again use Children for Political Gain
Children in detention: Seven charts that show the facts
Fact check: Triggs correct on the length of time children spent in detention

The Immigration Department is investigating 44 reports of sexual assault in detention centres from January 2013 - July 2014. The Department has also asked the AFP to investigate the Save the Children employees who reported the sexual and physical abuse of children, and self-harm by children, on Nauru to the Children in Detention inquiry. The Moss review, a retaliatory investigation of the whistleblowers, will be released next week.

A survey of Australian paediatricians published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that the overwhelming majority considered the detention of children to be child abuse.

It was no comfort to me to learn that the United States is similarly mistreating refugee children. (By contrast, Greece's new government has declared its intention to end immigration detention.)

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