Australia institutes indefinite detention of children.
Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, states that 'The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia is a party, says children should be detained only as a last resort and then only for the shortest period. Australia is also bound to give the best interests of the child primary consideration.
'Yet some children have been detained for many months and a few have been born in detention. The detention of unaccompanied minors is particularly troubling, and cannot be claimed to meet their best interests. For children on Manus Island, the application of the ''no advantage'' policy could mean they will remain in remote detention for years.
'Most people may not be aware that processing of refugee claims has been halted for thousands of asylum seekers, including many who remain in closed detention, simply because they arrived after the adoption of the ''no advantage'' policy on August 13 last year.'