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'Dark days of old Don Dale': Human rights groups condemn NT’s new youth justice laws

Monday 25th of March 2019 | Oceania, Australia
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Human rights, legal groups and Aboriginal peak organisations have called for a halt to the Northern Territory’s juvenile justice laws they say will take them back to the “dark days of the old Don Dale”.

Following the swift passage of the youth justice amendment bill in NT parliament this week, Amnesty International said the changes were “dangerous”.

The stated aim of the amendments is to clarify circumstances in which force and restraints may be used, define “separation” (isolation), enable screening and pat-down searches of youth detainees in a broader range of circumstances and include an express power to transfer a detainee from one detention centre to another – namely, between Alice Springs and Darwin.

“The government says it is ‘clarifying’ the definitions of separation and use of force, but what it’s really doing is giving the green light to what could amount to torture for the ‘good order’ of the centre,” Amnesty’s Joel Clark said.

“Locking kids in separation, and using force and restraints, will not create good order.

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