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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yarl's Wood child detention ruled unlawful

Yarl's Wood child detention ruled unlawful

High court decision adds to pressure on government with acknowledgement that immigration detention can damage children

"A high court judge has ruled that two mothers and their children were unlawfully detained at Yarl's Wood immigration centre after dawn raids on their homes last year.

The decision will bring a new urgency to the coalition government's pledge to end the detention of children in immigration centres by May.

In the ruling, Mr Justice Wyn Williams acknowledged for the first time that the detention could seriously damage children. "No one can seriously dispute that detention is capable of causing significant and in some cases long-lasting harm to children"."

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