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Amnesty urges Queensland to raise age of criminal responsibility to 14

Thursday 9th of August 2018 | Oceania, Australia
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Amnesty International has called for the age of criminal responsibility in Queensland to be raised to 14, saying youth detention is “quicksand” for the 150 children under 14 imprisoned in the state each year.

Queensland locks up more 10-to-13-year-olds than any other state; more than 70% are Indigenous. It means an Indigenous child is 30 times more likely to be sent to prison than any other Queenslander.

“A child’s chance at a bright future can be lost forever,” says Belinda Lowe, the Indigenous rights campaigner for Amnesty International.

Amnesty has launched a campaign, backed by Indigenous groups, lawyers and doctors, to raise the age of criminal responsibility in line with international standards and medical research.

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