Minors in detention

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Resolution number: 
20
December 2001
Whereas: 
  1. The CCR called in Resolution 20, November 1993 for an end to the detention of refugee children;
  2. Minor refugee claimants continue to be detained in Canada;
  3. In the case of trafficked minors the government justifies such detention on the grounds that detention protects minors from their traffickers and is in the best interests of children;
  4. The CCR recognizes that in certain cases there is a need for the protection of minors but unequivocally opposes the detention of minors as detention is never in the best interests of children;
Therefore be it resolved: 

That the CCR call on CIC, in the case of refugee children in need of such protection, as an alternative to detention, to implement other protection models such as “safe houses.”

Working Group: 
Inland Protection