Amnesty International says Turnbull Government is responsible under international law for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s “national detention crisis”.

12th Sep 2017

A new report by The  UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights says that Australia locks up Aboriginal children, as young as 10 years old, at 24 times the rate of non-Indigenous children.

The UN Special Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said “the routine detention of young Indigenous children” was “the most distressing aspect of her visit” to Australia   and emphasised  that PM Turnbull’s Government, not states and territories, is responsible under international law for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s “national detention crisis”.

Ms Tauli-Corpuz has called  for the Federal Government to adopt a National Action Plan to address the crisis.

Speaking  from London  Tammy Solonec, Indigenous Rights Manager at Amnesty International Australia,says the problem is nationwide  and

 the “PM  must commit to a National Action Plan to fix the youth ‘injustice’ system.

Tammy Solonec, Indigenous Rights Manager at Amnesty International Australia,