Australia's human rights obligations relating to the mental health of refugee children in detention

Hutchinson, Terry & Martin, Fiona (2004) Australia's human rights obligations relating to the mental health of refugee children in detention. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 27(6), pp. 529-547.

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During 2002 and 2003, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission conducted a National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (the HREOC Inquiry). In its report to the HREOC Inquiry, the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) reported that, as of April 12, 2002, there were 184 children in immigration detention centers in Australia. Of these, 163 were accompanied, and 114 were male and 70 were female. The unaccompanied children were predominantly male and aged between 16 and 17 (DIMIA, 2002a, att.3, p. 192). In a 1998 study, it was established that there was prima facie evidence that “detention may be a powerful direct contributor to severity of psychological distress in asylum seekers” and that detained asylum seekers “exhibited a significantly higher level of depression, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, panic and physical symptoms”, compared with those residing in the community...

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ID Code: 19297
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2004.08.005
ISSN: 0160-2527
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Elsevier Inc.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, [VOL 27, ISSUE 6, (2004)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2004.08.005
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2009 22:08
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 04:53

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