Rally against youth de­ten­tion abuses

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AUS­TRALIANS ral­lied against the treat­ment of young peo­ple in de­ten­tion amid calls for an in­quiry into the abuse to be ex­panded.

Graphic footage of teenage boys be­ing stripped naked, tear-gassed, held in soli­tary con­fine­ment and shack­led to a chair as a re­straint mea­sure shocked the coun­try when it aired in July.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull im­me­di­ately or­dered a royal com­mis­sion into how youths were treated at the Don Dale Cen­tre in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory in 2014 and 2015.

But at snap “emer­gency protests” in Sydney, Mel­bourne and else­where on July 30, hun­dreds gath­ered to call for jus­tice for the teens, many of whom are Abo­rig­i­nal.

“If we could see some ac­tion, some real fair and just ac­tion taken, I think that would al­lay some con­cern,” Sydney com­mu­nity el­der Aunty Jenny Mun­roe told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

The North­ern Ter­ri­tory has one of the high­est crime rates in Aus­tralia, with Abo­rig­ines mak­ing up the bulk of the prison pop­u­la­tion. –

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