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Children in jail

8 May 2006 – City council member Petra Hoogerwerf (D66) has asked questions about the detention of children in the Tafelberg facility in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Last year, an inspection report concluded that this institution is not suitable for children.

Hoogerwerf: “As a matter of principle, children should not be detained in surroundings that can be described as a prison. They cannot move freely, sometimes for as long as several months. Detaining children in such a way runs contrary to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the Netherlands have signed as well. Therefore, we want to know what the municipal government thinks of this and what it is going to do about it”.

In October last year, a government inspection agency reported on the detention of minors in the Tafelberg. The report did not reveal any major abuses. The inspection agency did however conclude that institutions such as the Tafelberg are unsuitable for children. Especially older minors would be harmed.

The staff treats the families in a quiet and respectful manner. Toys and books are available, and during the day, children can play with each other. At night, they stay in cells of ten square metres, of which two can be joined to accomodate a family.

In a number of respects, facilities do not meet the requirements of international standards, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, according to the inspection agency.

Human rights and refugee organisations in the Netherlands are campaigning against the detention of minors. See also a similar campaign in the UK.

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