Saturday, October 07, 2017

Christine Douglas-Williams, Jihad Watch: Australia plans to detain child jihadis as young as 10




https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/10/australia-plans-to-detain-child-jihadis-as-young-as-10

Australia plans to detain child jihadis as young as 10


Unicef Australia has expressed concern at proposals that could see children as young as 10 held for two weeks without charge under new terror legislation.
The reason Australia is even considering this move is because “ISIS specializes in recruiting children.” A paramount difficulty for Westerners is in understanding the zeal of the jihadist. Take this, for instance: “Gaza children put on an open play about stabbing and killing Israelis.” Such indoctrination constitutes the worst kind of abuse to children.
It is indeed “a shocking and drastic step to propose, without charge, the detention of a child of 10 years old,” but even more disturbing is training that innocent child to hate and murder. These children are in need of protection, and as Justice Minister Michael Keenan has said: “it is deeply regrettable that the new laws must apply to minors.” He also added that “safeguards would be in place for all minors and extra measures in place for under-14s.”
German psychiatrist has pointed out grimly “that psychiatry has found people’s temperament and personality are usually fixed by the age of 12.” Children who are subjected to radicalization must be taken away from the offending environment. The question now is how to care for these abused children.
In the meantime, a zero tolerance policy against jihad preachers and those who spread the jihad ideology should be implemented in every Western state.
“Australian plans for child terror detentions cause backlash”, BBC News, October 6, 2017:
Unicef Australia has expressed concern at proposals that could see children as young as 10 held for two weeks without charge under new terror legislation.
They insist that a “clear distinction” is necessary between children and adults in the legal system.
A minister said the plans were needed because so-called Islamic State “specialises in recruiting children”.
But opposition politicians and charities have expressed their concern that minors are included in the plans.
“Unicef Australia is concerned that the proposal could risk situations where children could be arbitrarily detained,” director of communication Jennifer Tierney said.
“Children should only ever be subject to detention as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate time.
“We urge Australian governments to consider the vulnerabilities of children and ensure strict safeguards for their rights and wellbeing in all circumstances.”
State and territorial leaders approved the plans with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on Thursday.
But some opposition politicians claim they have been kept in the dark about the full details of the legislation.
But some opposition politicians claim they have been kept in the dark about the full details of the legislation.
‘Shocking and drastic’
ABC Australia reported that opposition Shadow Attorney General said: “The government’s provided no details at all, but at present, it’s a shocking and drastic step to propose, without charge, the detention of a child of 10 years old.”
But Justice Minister Michael Keenan has said it is “deeply regrettable” that the new laws must apply to minors.
“What about if an 11-year-old was planning to commit a terrorist act and the police didn’t have any power to do anything about it?” he said on Australian radio.
“We can’t have a situation where that is the case, so I am very happy for these laws never to be used.”