UN Child Right Committee (CRC) calls for EU-wide ban on child immigration detention
The CRC urges european countries to end child detention, as Belgium is about to open new detention centre for families.
It's official: innocent children will be locked up in Belgium as of January 2018
15.11.2017 - Theo Francken announces that the closed centre for families with children will be operational as of January 2018.
Construction of the new detention centre has started!
12-09-2017 - Despite strong opposition of over 100 organisations, in a few months children will be detained in a new closed centre in Belgium.
Mariane Quintão gave a speech at the UN on her experience of child detention
20.06.2017 - Mariane Quintão was detained in the USA for one month 6 years ago, when she was still a child.
Belgian Federal Ombudsman: "Child detention cannot be justified"
13.06.2017 - In his annual report, the Belgian federal ombudsman insists that child detention for migratory purposes cannot be justified.
UN experts : "we have to stop child detention"
13.06.2017 - A group of UN human rights experts urges states to "stop placing children and families in immigration detention".
MP Monica De Coninck asks State secretary Theo Francken for more information
13.06.2017 - MP Monica De Coninck asked State secretary Theo Francken for more information on his intentions to build a new closed centre for families with children.
The Platform Minors in exile writes to the Belgian government
The Platform Minors in exile took action after reading Theo Francken's General Policy Note by asking the Government to refrain from locking up children in a closed centre
The ONE takes a stand against child detention
The ONE published a press release condemning Theo Francken's plans to build a new closed centre for families with children
The Council of Europe sends a warning to Belgium
The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe urges Theo Francken to abandon his project to detain children
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