Letter to the PM Calling for the Release of Children in Detention

23 December 2015

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

We are writing to request that all children who are being held at the Nauru Offshore Processing Centre and in detention in Australia be released with their families in time for the holiday season.

As you and your government know, there are currently 95 children held at the Nauru OPC and 112 children in detention in Australia. We are concerned about the serious deleterious effect this has on the physical and psychological welfare of children, who in effect are being punished in the absence of guilt on their part of any kind and outside the normal legal, child protection and welfare frameworks within which their situation should more properly and appropriately be addressed.

We are particularly concerned that Australia is contravening the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We request that the children and their families be allowed to live in the community in Australia while their claims are being assessed.

Kind regards,

Academics from universities throughout Australia

Signatures listed here.

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