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Monday, July 25th

Evidence of ‘torture’ of children in Darwin detention centre uncovered “Video of the tear gassing of six boys being held in isolation at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin in August 2014 exposes one of the darkest incidents in the history of juvenile justice in Australia. Footage reveals a pattern of abuse, deprivation and punishment of vulnerable children inside Northern Territory youth detention centres. The tear-gassing incident was described as a ‘riot’ at the time, with media reporting multiple boys had escaped their cells in the isolation wing of the prison, known as the Behavioural Management Unit (BMU), and threatened staff with weapons. But CCTV vision and handy-cam recordings made by staff show only one boy escaped his cell after it was left unlocked by a guard.”