United Nations concerned over abuse of children in UK custody
Independent experts at the United Nations say they are gravely concerned at evidence that children in detention in the UK have been sexually abused.
Reviewing the UK’s record, the United Nations Committee Against Torture cited a report into the abuse of some 1,000 children in custody from 2009-2017.
Few cases of such sexual abuse seem to have been investigated, the UN said.
And it said historic claims of torture by security services in Northern Ireland also needed to be addressed.
The UN committee, which is meeting in Geneva, published its recommendations on Friday following the review.
In particular, it raised evidence – from the UK’s own Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – of the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in detention between 2009 to 2017.