US has the highest rate of children in detention centres: UN study

WION Web Team Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America Nov 19, 2019, 09.15 PM(IST)

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A United Nations study suggests that children should be detained as a measure of last resort and for the shortest time possible.

The United States has the highest rate of children in detention centres.

This includes more than a hundred thousand children in immigration-related custody. That violates international law.

Worldwide, more than seven million people under the age of eighteen are being held in jails.

A United Nations study suggests that children should be detained as a measure of last resort and for the shortest time possible.

Remember, Donald Trump's administration has been criticized for separating children from their parents, especially at the US-Mexico border.

This is in clear violation of the convention on the rights of the child.

However, the US has completely denied this accusation.

At least twenty-nine thousand children mainly linked to Islamic state fighters are held in northern Syria and Iraq.

Experts suggest that even if children had been child soldiers, they should be mainly treated as victims and not perpetrators.

They should be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.