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Australia failing on multiple human rights fronts: Amnesty International - Yahoo

23.2.17

Australia failing on multiple human rights fronts: Amnesty International - Yahoo: "Our government can't be saying one thing on the one hand and commit to some human rights agendas such as global abolition of the death penalty, while carrying out policies of deliberate abuse and staying shamefully silent in the face of atrocities on the other," said Claire Mallinson, national director at Amnesty International Australia.

The report condemns the justice system's treatment of Aborigines, who make up about three percent of the total population of 24 million, and are among the most disadvantaged Australians.

Indigenous adults are incarcerated at a rate of 15 times that of non-Aboriginal adults, Amnesty said, while at least five Aboriginal people died while in custody in the past year.

Amnesty highlighted a case at the Don Dale detention centre in Australia's north that sparked a government inquiry after video emerged last year of mostly indigenous boys being tear-gassed and mistreated in 2014 and 2015.


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