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Canada urged to stop detaining immigrant children

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours

Canada must make the best interests of children its primary consideration when deciding whether to hold individuals in immigration detention if it wants to meet its commitments under international law, experts say.

In a new report, scholars with the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto urged Canadian officials to stop putting children in the immigration detention system, including in solitary confinement.

Canada must also ensure children are not separated from their detained parents, as this separation can have lasting psychological harm, wrote the...