UN children's fund says figures showing 45% of under-18s detained over riots had no criminal history are very worrying.

This article titled “Unicef criticises Britain for jailing children over riots” was written by Shiv Malik, for The Guardian on Sunday 9th October 2011 18.35 UTC

Unicef has criticised the UK judicial system for locking up children allegedly involved in the August riots and warned ministers that they are likely to be in breach of their UN obligations to children's rights.

The UN children's fund said official figures showing that 45% of all under 18s detained on charges of rioting and looting had no previous criminal history were “very worrying”, and represented a possible breach of the 1989 UN convention on the rights of a child.

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