[JURIST] The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) [official website] on Monday launched an official government inquiry [press release; official inquiry] into the ways in which immigration detention affects the health, well-being and development of child detainees. According to AHRC, more than 1,000 undocumented immigrant children are currently detained behind "wire and steel fences" at closed detention facilities throughout Australia. In 2004, AHRC conducted a similar inquiry and concluded that such detention was "fundamentally inconsistent" with Australia's international human rights obligations...

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