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Greens back Jakarta’s call for all Indonesian children to be released from Australian jails

The Australian Greens have today welcomed the news another Indonesian boy, Dion Domun, has been released by a Melbourne court after people smuggling charges against him were dropped.

"Children such as Dion should never be held in adult prisons, whether that's here in Australia or Indonesia or elsewhere," Greens' spokesperson for immigration and children, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"No young person claiming to be a minor should be incarcerated in an adult prison unless they have been proven to be an adult through a creditable means and due legal process. The use of wrist x-rays has been discredited by medical experts and should not be used to determine a child's age.

"The Greens welcome the call from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry for all Indonesian juveniles detained in Australian prisons to be immediately released. The Australian Government must not ignore this request and must act in the best interests of the child.

"Australia continues to breach its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and also domestic laws, which state children should never be detained in adult facilities.

"We again urge the Gillard government to commission an independent inquiry into why at least 40 Indonesian children are being imprisoned in Australian jails."

 

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