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Statement on children following the Australian High Court finding on offshore detention of asylum seekers

Attributable to UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Director, Daniel Toole

BANGKOK, 9 February 2016 – “The Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia is a signatory, underscores that the best interests of a child must be a primary consideration in all decisions and actions affecting that child.

“Any action that increases the risks a child faces, including removal to a place where a child’s rights are less well-protected, is clearly not in the best interest of that child.

“The rights of children are paramount and must be respected in every situation, including in actions to protect sovereign borders. All children should be protected by these rights, irrespective of their citizenship or status.”


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information about UNICEF in East Asia and the Pacific, visit: https://www.unicef.org/eapro. Follow UNICEF EAPRO on Twitter.

For more information, please contact:
Christopher de Bono, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific, Bangkok, +66 2 356 9406, cdebono@unicef.org




Daniel Toole, Regional Director

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