Three young people are taking on the Queensland government with a legal case claiming their human rights were breached when they were locked up in police watch houses. Key points: Queensland’s Office of the Public Guardian made multiple complaints last year to police about young people being kept in watch houses Advocates claim the number of children in watch houses are reaching concerning levels Some young people are being kept in watch houses for up to weeks at a time The ABC’s 7.30 program can reveal an anti-discrimination and human rights legal challenge is before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). The police cells are meant for some of the state’s worst criminals, including adults accused of murder or sexual abuse. Katie Acheson, the outgoing CEO of the Youth Advocacy Centre, believes the case will shine a light on the practice which she believes should end. “It should be a wake-up to the Queensland government and the Queensland population,” she said. “I think many of us don’t realise that there are children right now in an adult watch house. “They’re scared and alone and they’re children and we have a responsibility to take care of them and not be… Read full this story
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