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Children deprived of legal and human rights

Issue No. 2142

The government’s pretence of “fair” treatment of asylum seekers and their children was exposed this week.

Instead of welcoming people fleeing war, poverty and oppression, the government is further abusing them.

The Refugee and Migrant Justice charity has accused the UK Border Agency of regularly flouting government guidelines on the treatment of child asylum seekers.

A report by the charity has found that these children often have no access to lawyers, are regularly locked up and face a “culture of disbelief” among officials.

It found that an eight-year old boy who fled his country after his home was destroyed in fighting was given no legal help with his asylum interview and application. His claim was refused because of his lack of “credibility”.

New Labour wants to prove to the right wing media and politicians that it is “hard” on those seeking asylum – and it does not care if vulnerable people and children pay the price.


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What We Think
Tue 10 Mar 2009, 18:32 GMT
Issue No. 2142
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