Liberal Democrats call for end to child detention

16 March 2010

The Children's Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees are delighted that the Liberal Democrats have pledged their commitment to ending child detention in immigration centres

The two organisations – united under the OutCry! Campaign - condemn the unnecessary practice of immigration detention of children which seriously harms children’s physical and mental health.

As the Liberal Democrats note, we are routinely locking up children, who have committed no crime, for months at a time. This is not the kind of behaviour that we expect of Britain in the 21st Century.

We strongly urge the Labour and Conservative parties to follow suit and pledge to end immigration detention of children. The major political parties must all unite to end this abhorrent practice.

OutCry! campaign
The Children’s Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees are currently campaigning to end the immigration detention of children and their families. Funded by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, we are campaigning together under the banner OutCry! - www.outcrycampaign.org.uk

The Children’s Society
The Children's Society is a leading children's charity committed to making childhood better for all children in the UK. Visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk

Bail for Immigration Detainees
Bail for Immigration Detainees is a human rights charity challenging immigration detention in the UK. It provides free legal advice to detained asylum seekers and migrants to help them secure their release and it campaigns to end arbitrary detention. Visit www.biduk.org

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund continues the Princess’ humanitarian work in the UK and overseas. By giving grants to organisations, championing charitable causes, advocacy, campaigning and awareness raising, the Fund works to secure sustainable improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable people in the UK and around the world. Visit www.theworkcontinues.com