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Children Out Of Detention (ChilOut) "is a group of parents and citizens formed in 2001 to oppose the mandatory detention of children in Australian immigration detention centres. Between 1992 and 2005, thousands of children and their parents were locked in remote desert facilities surrounded by razor wire fences in Australia and islands to Australia's north. Most of the children were from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran and nearly all were found to be refugees. We are appalled that Australia's treatment of asylum seekers continues to breach several human rights treaties to which we are a signatory, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although there are no children behind razor wire at the moment, the policy of mandatory detention remains." [1]



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  1. Home, ChilOut, accessed March 31, 2008.