Member States must cease detention of children, ensure their human rights – UN expert

10 Mar 2015
UN News Centre

Member States must adopt new alternatives to the detention of children that fulfil the child's best interests and the authorities' obligation to protect them from torture and other ill-treatment, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

Juan Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, who was presenting his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, warned that the detention and ill-treatment of children were inextricably linked and that it remained incumbent upon States to ensure that children were protected from the range of risks associated with the deprivation of liberty.

“States should, expeditiously and completely, cease the detention of children, with or without their parents, on the basis of their immigration status,” Mr. Méndez declared.


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