#Children's Rights
Home Secretary - Dr John Reid MP
United Kingdom

May 31, 2006

The UK government currently detains more than 2,000 children, including babies, in immigration detention centres every year. That's equivalent to the number of pupils at a large inner-city secondary school.

These children have not committed any crime but are held behind locked doors and high barbed wire fences. Five years ago it was rare for families and children to be detained for immigration purposes. Now, members of the No Place for a Child coalition have documented detentions lasting anything from 7 to 268 days.

Detaining these children is wrong - regardless of the merits of a family's asylum case.

Tell the Home Secretary that detaining children is wrong by logging on to the website and emailing him: www.noplaceforachild.org

Help us reach our target of 10,000 signatures by forwarding the weblink to your friends and colleagues.

I urge the Home Secretary to stop detaining children for immigration purposes.

Detaining children is wrong and causes them harm. Please end the detention of children and work with refugee organisations to pilot alternatives.

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The No Place for a Child - Stop Detaining Children Now! petition to Home Secretary - Dr John Reid MP was written by Jonathan Cox and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.