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Blocked transfer of a critically ill woman from Nauru is ‘extremely concerning’

The decision of the Nauruan Government to block the transfer of a critically ill woman to Australia is “extremely concerning”, George Newhouse has told the ABC. Court orders stipulated that the refugee should be brought to Australia for urgent treatment for depression and trauma-related conditions. “You have a woman with serious mental illness, a court has ordered her to be …

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National Justice Project launches Copwatch app in Dubbo

On Friday August 31, the National Justice Project travelled to Dubbo to launch our Copwatch app with the local Aboriginal community. After a week of horrific statistics following the Guardian’s #DeathsInside project, holding police accountable and empowering Aboriginal youth in their interactions with law enforcement has never been more important. We launched CopWatch to media with Des Jones, Chair of …

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President Waqa’s comments highlight need to get #KidsOffNauru

Spotlight is on Nauru ahead of the Pacific Island Forum this week and escalating reports about the critical medical condition of children. A new report by the Refugee Council of Australia and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre details incidents of trauma and the appalling conditions that people must live through every day. They report that depression, anxiety, short-term memory loss, …

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The National Justice Project supports Chelsea Manning in face of visa refusal

The Australian Government has issued a notice of intention to refuse American whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s visa request ahead of her speaking tour in the country this weekend. The National Justice Project supports the right of Chelsea Manning to speak at events in Australia. Principal Solicitor George Newhouse told the ABC’s AM program this morning that “any conviction that Chelsea has …

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Copwatch training comes to Perth

The National Justice Project held a ‘Copwatch’ workshop in Perth this week, to teach members of the community how to safely and legally record interactions with police to be used as evidence in court.  The workshop was held in partnership with Noongar activist Mervyn Eades, whose 18-year-old relative was hit by a police car in the Perth suburb of Thornlie in …

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‘Crisis point’: New York Times reports on children’s mental health on Nauru

A seventh child will be brought to Australia from Nauru for medical care, following legal pressure. The National Justice Project represented the girl at a federal court hearing on Wednesday. She is one of a number of refugee children with worsening mental health issues, who are seeking medical treatment in Australia. George Newhouse, principal lawyer for the National Justice Project, …