Children receive special protection under the Article 3 prohibition1. The age of the alleged victim is a factor in assessing whether the treatment to which they have been subjected reaches the 'minimum level of severity' needed to attract the protection of Article 32. Thus treatment that would not violate Article 3 if its subject was an adult may still breach the rights of a child: for example, the detention of a child aged five in an immigration detention facility, in circumstances in which she was separated from her family, was found to violate Article 3
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