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CHARITY TO CHALLENGE LEGALITY OF PLANS FOR ASYLUM-SEEKING CHILDREN

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Controversial proposals to deny asylum-seekers rights to educate their children in British schools are facing a leg...
Controversial proposals to deny asylum-seekers rights to educate their children in British schools are facing a legal challenge, reported The Observer (p5).

Save the Children has been told by Nick Blake QC - a child law expert at Matrix Chambers, the law firm headed by the prime minister's wife Cherie Booth - that home secretary David Blunkett's plans to educate asylum-seeking children in special detention centres contravene United Nations law.

Save the Children is investigating taking legal action against Mr Blunkett's proposals. The UK ratified the UN convention on children's rights in 1991, making it part of British law. Although Britain obtained an opt-out for policies concerned with nationality and asylum, the government has always made it clear that this was done simply to ensure strong border controls could be used against residents of certain countries.
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