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French Highest Court Finds “Bone Tests” Flawed, but Constitutional

Expand Unaccompanied teens queue outside the Paris evaluation facility (Dispositif d’evaluation des mineurs isolés étrangers, DEMIE) to seek formal recognition as unaccompanied migrant children, October 3, 2018.  © Anna Chaplin/Human Rights Watch France’s highest court recently ruled that controversial bone tests to assess the age of unaccompanied migrant children are flawed, but nevertheless comply with France’s Constitution. The Constitutional Council acknowledged that such tests contain a “significant margin of error”. They have been the target of widespread criticism from medical experts…

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